"Father of the Year" Honors His Murdered Son

"Spend quality time with your children," Ronald Holt tells congregation

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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.

    "There's no greater father in America," said U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, the church's pastor who presented Ronald Holt with the round black plaque.

    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.  

    Fathers Day for Dads Who Have Lost Their Sons to Violence.

    [CHI] Fathers Day for Dads Who Have Lost Their Sons to Violence.
    16 year old Blair Holt was killed in 2007 and his Father is on a campaign against violence. He received Father of the year award from Bobby Rush who also lost a son in 2000.

    "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.

    Michael Pace, 18, and Kevin Jones, 17, pleaded guilty last week to the shooting of Blair Holt, bringing a swift end to the case, but doing little to soothe the heartache felt by the boy's parents.

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