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Rasheem Butcher aka Mooch (13) died when he crashed a stolen car during a police chase
Published: Sep 17, 2010 @ 3:04 PM
Rasheem Butcher (13)
May 05, 2010
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Nearly 300 people marched to City Hall after a memorial service was held at the scene of a crash that took the life of a 13-year-old Coatesville boy.
Rasheem "Mooch" Butcher was in a stolen vehicle on Wednesday when police pursued him. According to police, Butcher hit several parked cars and then flipped the stolen SUV.
"He was a good boy that didn't deserve this," Maureen Kopp, Butcher's aunt, said at the memorial service. "Keep him and his mother in your prayers."
Butcher's mother did not attend the memorial service.
Amarliano Fields, who led the service, march and candlelight vigil that followed, said that he saw Butcher on Saturday and cut his hair at Fields' barbershop.
"I'm fed up because he didn't have to go out like that," Fields said. "Even though they try to put out the bad that he did, he was a good kid."
Many of the witnesses at the scene have said that they heard gunshots and saw a Coatesville
police car ram into the stolen vehicle multiple times, ejecting Butcher from the vehicle as he was trying to climb out.
State police, who have taken over the investigation, said that there is no evidence indicating that a police car struck the stolen vehicle.
"Everybody is out here because we loved him," said Lakisha Hogue. "But behind this are the cops that get away with anything. Who's policing the police?
"He didn't hit the curb and flip, they killed that young boy. They rammed him after he tried to get out of the car. A lot of people seen it and everybody's story is the same. Nobody's story has changed. His blood is on their hands - the Coatesville Police Department."
As the crowd marched in what it called a unifying march, police cars were nearby, but no officers approached the crowd even as they passed the station.
Many at the memorial service spoke to young kids that had gathered in the streets. They warned them of the dangers in which young people can find themselves.
"To his friends I just say, look what happened to Moocher," Kopp said. It can happen to you, too. Moocher thought he was invincible. He had a mind of his own like most kids. He didn't hurt anyone else, he mainly hurt himself."
Fields spoke to the parents of the kids and how it falls upon the parents to keep the children off the streets.
"It's different growing up now than it was in the '60s and '70s and even the '80s," Fields said. "There are a lot of drugs out here. There are little kids selling to little kids. We don't need that around here.
"I refuse to let my son be a victim of the streets. We need to get our children and make sure we grab them and tell them we love them. If we don't they will turn to the love of the street."
Leon Jones, a cousin of Butcher, said he spoke with the 13-year-old on Wednesday morning and added that now the community needs to come together to change the envrionment in Coatesville.
"Yes, (Butcher) done something wrong," Jones said. "The kid made a bad decision, but kids don't know how to make decisions. We as adults need to pull them in."
The Rev. Robert King said the county needs to do a better job of funding programs for young men so that individuals in Coatesville don't have to turn to the streets.
The investigation into Butcher's death continues.
Boy's death marked by memorial, march
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