Chinx's Funeral Turns Into a Rallying Cry to End Gun Violence

May 31, 2015

Norman Seabrook’s voice wasn’t trembling when he stood to speak. With extra emphasis, he told a packed audience, gathered at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens, that he sought to end gun violence after the murder of his cousin Lionel “​Chinx”​ Pickens.

“I’m always speaking about gun violence. I’m always speaking about how our kids are killing each other, how we are shooting each other,” said Seabrook, who is the president of the New York City Corrections Officer’s Benevolent Association (COBA). “How one person is dead and another person goes away for 50 years. They are dead too. We gotta do better than this. We must do better than this.”

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