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Blair Holt, a popular 16-year-old honor student at Julian High School, pushed a friend down in her seat as shots were fired. Moments later, he was fatally shot in the abdomen.
Beloved Community Christian Church awarded its "Father of the Year" award to a South Side man for his anti-violence advocacy and inspirational speeches emphasizing parental involvement.
Holt never stopped being a father.
He's stern yet encouraging; jovial but reflective. And when he starts boasting about his murdered child, Blair, his voice swells with pride, according to the Sun-Times.
"Yeah, I'm going to stand here and brag on him because he was raised to be successful. He was going all the way," the 48-year-old Chicago police officer said at a Father's Day gathering on Sunday.
Since his son's death, Holt says he and his wife are committed to stopping gun violence. He says its a promise they've made to their son.
"This was supposed to be the year we picked out a University, talked about girlfriends and watched (Blair's) talent take off," Holt wrote in an article last year.