Church raises funds for beaten teen - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Church raises funds for beaten teen

Chereyon Hampton's mother stood to her feet and looked to the heavens as the pastor of New Direction Christian Church announced to the congregation that the 14-year-old has come home.

Executive Pastor Kelvin Turner says it's time to support the family and others in the community.

"It doesn't make a difference if it's my child, your child, whoever's child. If we come together we can make this a safer place, a protective place and a wonderful place to raise a family," he said.

The Kirby High School student is still unconscious after police say a classmate beat her until she suffered a seizure earlier this month.

Chereyon's church dedicated their Christmas service to her recovery.

"We challenge people to put themselves in the position of the Hampton family and thus react only natural. Not in a violent way, you can't fight violence with violence, but stand up for what you know is right and we all will keep each other's back and that's how we're gonna move forward," said Antonio Jones, a youth outreach worker for the church.

He worked with Chereyon and other students. Jones is part of the church's Urban Youth Initiative. They go into the schools to mentor Memphis' youth and direct them towards positive choices.

Church members lined the aisles to help raise money to pay the Hampton's $100,000 hospital bill. They say they'll keep hope close to their hearts.

"Don't stop hoping, don't stop believing and whatever you do, stand for something," said Jones.

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