Ira DeWitt, CEO of Notifi Records and wife of St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III, stepped forward to pay for the funeral of Jamyla Bolden.
The nine-year old Koch Elementary student was tragically killed when stray bullets entered her home on Tuesday night in the 9200 block of Ellison in Ferguson.
The fourth grader was hit by the gunfire while lying across her bed completing homework from the first day of school. Her mother also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
“It’s so difficult to hear that a child is in their bed in their home – which should be the safest place on earth’,” Ira DeWitt said in a statement.
Ira was asked to donate to the GoFundMe account (http://www.gofundme.com/9x29gtrv) when she and her husband felt compelled to assume the full cost of Jamyla’s final services.
“Ira doesn’t want it to be about the DeWitts,” a source close to the DeWitt family said. “They just want to help Jamyla’s family. As parents they feel like no mother or father suffering through this type of unimaginable loss should have to worry about how to pay for laying their precious child to rest.”
A fundraiser scheduled for Monday (Aug. 24) was arranged today to assist with for funeral expenses – in addition to the go fund me account – prior to DeWitt’s announcement.
“It’s about doing something positive in the midst of such a tragedy,” Ira said. “We don’t want her death to be in vain. Hopefully this will inspire people everywhere to come together and work towards making sure something as horrible as this never happens again.”
As of press time the fundraiser to be held on Monday, August 24 from 7 p.m. until midnight at Swiish Bar and Grill (8021 W. Florissant) will continue as scheduled with all proceeds will be donated to Jamyla’s Family.