A Kansas City woman is mourning the loss of her son by keeping his memory alive in the metro.
A church at 45th Street and Woodland Avenue is where Wylie Garner Jr. spent a lot of time. So when his family and friends lost him, they couldn't think of a better place to memorialize him, and they petitioned the city for a permanent dedication in his name.
It's been a time of mourning for family and friends of Wylie Garner Jr.
He was murdered in March, while trying to patch up an argument with a friend.
"He thought, 'Hey guy, we're family, let's don't do this,' went to shake his hand, and he pulled out a gun. That was it," Lillian Garner, Wylie's mother, said.
Curtis Bradley, 31, was charged in the murder and shootings of two other people, who survived.
But Wylie Garner Jr's family is looking for more than justice for his killer. Saturday they gathered to honor his legacy, carried on through his young son.
"When he was around, everything was going to be great, and that you felt safe," Wiley Garner III said.
Now there's a permanent reminder, a street sign in Wylie Garner Jr's name at 45th and Woodland, right outside the church where he served as deacon, and ministered to other young people.
"He worked against violence, he did not believe in violence," Lillian Garner said.
The family hopes anyone who passes by will remember that lesson, and remember Wiley Garner Jr.
"I do want them to know he was a Christian young man, he was a family man, he was a caring young man, he was a courageous young man, he was an outstanding young man, and I can go on, and on, and on," Lillian Garner said.
Now the family just hopes the sign will keep his memory going on and on, as they wait for justice. His family said his suspected killer is due in court next month.
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