What was supposed to be a typical high school football playoff game between two New Jersey high school teams turned deadly last month when gunfire erupted in the bleachers during the game. While players, officials, coaches, and fans all ran for safety it was soon discovered that three people were shot during the melee. Ten-year-old Micah Tennant was one of those three people shot during the November 15 game and sadly died of his injuries in hospital on November 20.
Micah's death rocked his community and a crowd of an estimated 1000 people turned out to honor him and support his family at his funeral held at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Atlantic City. Friends, family members, members of the community and both high schools attended the service alongside faith leaders and community leaders who urged the congregation to continue supporting each other. “We all suffer with the death of this young man,” Bishop James Washington, the church’s senior pastor, told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the service. “We have to begin young, teaching the value of life.”
Daily News | Hundreds gather for funeral for Micah Tennant, 10-year-old shot at Camden-Pleasantville football game https://t.co/qjsPiX6yrX— Philly Daily News (@PhillyDailyNews) November 30, 2019
Steve Stephen attended the service and told CBS Philly that he wanted to give his support to the family and community. “I need to support this family. I need to support this community. Absolutely I’m here. My love goes out to the family and to all the friends and to the loved ones for the little boy,” he stated.
Hundreds of loved ones, law enforcement officers, and community members attended the homegoing service for 10-year-old Micah Tennant, lovingly known as "DJ Dew." https://t.co/SOweWBnWR5— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) December 1, 2019
Six people have been charged in connection with the tragic shooting with Alvin Wyatt, who is the suspected shooter being charged with murder. Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. told the community they need to continue their support of the family and community and to “keep this same energy during the dark days." After the service, Small stated that “It’s important we continue to wrap our arms around the family.”
Micah's death has hit his community hard and last week many of the people of Pleasantville marched to protest gun violence in their community.
The Pleasantville, N.J., community rallied against violence after 10-year-old Micah Tennant died this week from being shot during a high school football game: https://t.co/aHxyWAIwaX pic.twitter.com/SdtBoum0DP— Tim Tai (@nonorganical) November 23, 2019
A billboard featuring Micah's face that reads “We must stop the violence,” is also on display over a local highway. Micah's obituary described him as a child with a “bright smile and huge personality that made it easy for anyone to fall in love with him,” before adding that “He was an extraordinary kid who will be greatly missed.”