Thursday, September 07, 2000

Visitation held for 12-year-old

300 in attendance at funeral home

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Some of the mourners at Courtney Mathis' visitation enter the funeral home Wednesday in Walnut Hills.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        Mourners called him a typical boy who loved football and music. A natural comedian, he aspired to be a singer. He was gentle, respectful and a caring son.

        For this boy — whose warm, shy smile people seemed to remember — there was a line of more than 300 mourners inside the Hall-Jordan & Thompson Funeral Home in Walnut Hills on Wednesday.

        Family and friends stood in front of the casket to say goodbye to 12-year-old Courtney Mathis, who died after he was shot by Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Crayon.

        After the officer asked him for a driver's license early Friday, Courtney drove off with the officer hanging on to the driver's side of the relative's car Courtney was driving illegally. Officer Crayon died, too.

        Red, white and blue ribbons with Courtney's name printed on them were pinned to people's coats and dresses.

        Mary Harris, an instructional aide at North Fairmount School, said she knew Courtney when he was in fifth grade. She brought pictures she had of the children on the playground to Courtney's visitation.

        “He was very funny, very jolly,” Ms. Harris said.

        Mourners passed by the boy's body that lay in an open casket. In small blue letters, it read, “In God's Care.” An easel held a poster with pictures of him at different stages of his life.

        One woman from MOMS (Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters) came to show support for Donna Williams Carnegie, Courtney's mother. “This is not a one-person or a two-person tragedy,” said Jackie Gaines of Winton Hills. “This affects everybody, the whole community.”

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