Parents, "take the kids back from the streets." That's the message Montre Bradley's family put out on the airwaves Wednesday.
"I think the dads need to step up and get their sons like I had to do," said the slain teen's father Timothy Lampley. "It's not easy, it's not easy. It's a tough job to raise a son. Try to teach them how to be a man."
The 19-year-old was gunned down last Friday outside a shoe store in Gates. He went from gang-banger to a high school graduate and soon to be college student. That's how far Montre Bradley came after his father says he took the reigns and got his son off the streets. Timothy Lampley spoke about that transition on WDKX's Wake Up Club Wednesday morning. He's now urging other parents to take a bigger role in their kids lives. Lampley moved Montre from California after his 13-year old joined a gang.
"We have to take back our kids. We have to take our kids back from the streets," Cousin Rhandi Logan said. "That's the only way the community is going to change."
Family members are in the process of raising money to pay for a funeral service. You can make a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org@yahoo.com.