CHICAGO-- We hope our next story helps to put Chicago’s violence in prospective by looking at it from a different angle.
A 21 year old south side woman with a beautiful voice is tired of singing at her friend’s funeral-- which to date stands at more than 10.
The first thing we were told when we walked in tonight was that under no circumstances was to show their building or address in our story.
That is the level of fear they and thousands of others in Chicago are living with. They see violence too often and often times up close.
Trishaun Coleman knows this song so well, “It gets pretty rough and sometimes I want to say no but I can`t say no I feel obligated.”
From a young age Coleman new she had talent-- performing in school musicals and singing with church choir but her talent at a very early age took her down a path she would love to get off of.
“The first time was my best friend we were like 13 or 14,” she said, “These dudes were messing with her trying to snatch her purse ended up pushing here into the road she got hit by a bus and multiple cars.”
Coleman sang her funeral, then a few years later a close friend was shot and killed right in front of her then another friend and another and another.
“We are tired of burying people.”
Finally just a few weeks ago she sang at 17 year old Donta Parker`s funeral he was shot with another teen in a drive by.
“You never really get over it never get over it-- it just gets pushed to the back of your head.”
She picks songs based on what she knows her friends would like to hear, and also what she wants others to feel.
“I kind of feel like i have to do it.”
One of those songs is take me to the king.
“It starts off truth is I’m tired. We need a word for peoples pain so Lord speak right now let it pour like rain.”
If helping to bury her friends wasn’t enough she constantly fears for own life.
“Even though you have nothing to with it they`ll still approach you. It’s different gangs on different blocks and sometimes violence just finds you. You have people out here that have to walk across the tracks to get something to eat. When you say walk across the tracks you mean walking into different territory. They have to risk their lives for food or to get pampers for their baby.”
Still she thinks about her future-she’s studying music at Olive Harvey and get this-- she applied to the Chicago Police Department.
“I think the key to solving those problems is working from the inside.”
And one day, she hopes her music will not just help her friends heal, but bring them joy.