LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The seven-year-old boy shot and killed nearly a week ago while sitting in his kitchen was laid to rest Saturday morning.

It was an emotional day as loved ones poured in to Kingdom Fellowship Life Center to say a final goodbye to Dequante Hobbs.

Family members spoke of a life cut short.

“What he has done in seven years, I couldn’t do in 50 something years,” said his cousin Constance Anderson.

“He's special, he has always been special,” said his great-grandfather Rev. Clifford Rogers.

Visiting ministers also touched on the senseless way he died.

“Oh God, we can't help but ask why? Forgive oh God our insistence, our confusion, even our anger,” one speaker said.

“Ask God to help you with the anger that you feel,” said Pastor F. Bruce Williams. “It is not an occasion for revenge. It's an opportunity to find a chance to use that energy to honor the life of this young boy.”

Dequante, who was nicknamed Lil DQ, was shot through his kitchen window last Sunday. He was eating a piece of cake while playing on an iPad.

“Resist the temptation to say that you've lost him because when you lose something you don't know where it is. We know where he is. He is safe in the arms of God,” Williams said. “Darkness is not God's absence. It is the shadow of his arm as he brings you close to him.”

The death of this innocent child has shaken the community, including members of LMPD's homicide unit. Lt. Emily McKinley and Detective Stephen Snider paid their respects at Dequante's service. While police try to find the person responsible, it's brought a renewed awareness to Louisville's gun violence.

“We need a change,” said Rev. Rogers.

But as the day was heartbreaking, it was also a time to celebrate Dequante's life and to remember the smiles and joy he brought to those around him.

“We may have to bury the body, but we will not have to bury the memories,” said Williams.

A celebration of life service for Dequante will also be held on June 8 along with a broader conversation on how children and families are affected by gun violence. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Street YMCA Ballroom.

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