Kickball Tournament Aims to End Gun Violence
A kickball tournament this Saturday will mark two years since Utica native Henry Martinez was gunned down on the front porch of his Florida home.
Martinez, also known by his rapper name Ya Boy H, had just moved to Jacksonville with his girlfriend and 1-year-old son, according to The Florida Times-Union. He came home just after midnight on June 29, 2017 to a random act of gun violence. A neighbor told The Florida Times-Union she heard some of the gunshots.
“I was asleep and heard about six gunshots. I must have heard the end of them. Then I woke up and I saw [the gunman] over the guy, still shooting, emptying out his pockets, digging for whatever. By the time [the police] got there, I saw him take his last breath. That was it.”
Tournaments officials said the teams are made up of family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, and they hope to raise awareness to put an end to violence in Utica, according to the Rome Sentinel.
The tournament, sponsored by Plymouth Bethesda United Church, will take place at Proctor Park this Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be a balloon vigil for Martinez after the tournament.