A 28-year-old man who was shot and killed Friday in Chattanooga was the brother of Dennis Clark, a Democrat who is running for Tennessee House District 28 seat, reports the Times-Free Press.
Jeremy Clark was in a lot at 2008 Glass St. with several other people when he was shot once. Police said Friday they were still working out exactly what happened, but it does not appear the shooting was a drive-by.
Court records show Jeremy Clark is a known member of the Gangster Disciples, but police have not said whether the shooting was connected to his gang involvement.
…A suspect has not been named or arrested in Clark’s death.
Following his brother’s death, Dennis Clark released a statement Friday, giving his thanks for the outpouring of support he and his family had received from the community, saying he would continue his campaign despite the tragedy.
“As we struggle to understand why his life was taken so suddenly, my family and I have chosen, in his honor, as he would have liked it, to continue my campaign for change in our community and to fight to end the violence occurring in our neighborhoods,” he said.
“There is no better time than now, for us to stand together in solidarity to begin the healing process in making our communities whole and safe again.”
He went on to condemn the violence, lamenting for him and his family, the loss of a son, a brother, and a friend.
“No parent, brother, sister or friend should have to face this kind of sadness, this kind of loss. And yet we have joined the ranks of those families who still mourn their loved ones who have fallen to other senseless acts of violence,” he said.
…Clark is the 21st person to be killed in Chattanooga so far in 2016. Like Clark, most of the people killed in this year were black men, with 13 of the 21 victims, or about 62 percent, black.
Note: Dennis Clark is opposing Rep. JoAnn Favors of Chattanooga in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary for House District 28.