A Chicago pastor fed up with violence in his neighborhood has taken an unusual approach to stop it: camping out and living on the roof of a rundown motel. CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers says he's not coming down until the motel does.
At a funeral on Chicago's south side, Natalya Malone said good-by to her son Deonte for the last time. The 15-year-old, who was looking forward to his first date, was gunned down outside his home.
"It's got to stop," she said. "It's scary. It's really scary. I don't want to lose another one. Not like this."
For pastor Corey Brooks, it was his 12th funeral for a young murder victim in the past year.
"We've been experts at doing funerals and burying people," said Brooks. "This is not the way society's ought to be."
So last November, Brooks took a drastic step to try to stop the violence.
He pitched a tent on the top of an abandoned south side motel vowing to remain until he raised enough money to buy, then tear down a building he sees as magnet for drugs and crime.
"I don't want to do another funeral," said the pastor. "I want to make sure I help these young men grow to their full potential. So that's the primary reason why I'm on this roof."
He made it 44 days before being asked by grieving relatives to come down to bury their young sons. Deonte Malone and 16-year-old Jewan Ross, killed in a shootout at a fast-food restaurant.
"My grandson belonged to me, not whoever took it upon themselves to kill him," said Georgia Jackson.
After the funerals, pastor Brooks was back on the roof, more determined than ever.
"I believe when people understand the magnitude of this problem," he said, "and when they understand the violence that is going on, and people that are dying and something can be done about it, then I believe they will give."
Since Brooks began his rooftop crusade 61 days ago, a growing number of people have been stopping by to donate, including Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
Brooks says he has more than half of the $450,000 he needs to demolish the hotel. One day he hopes to build a community center in its place. Despite the bone-chilling cold, Brooks says he will not come down until he has reached his goal.
Those who are interested in contributing to Pastor Corey Brooks' cause can visit www.projecthood.org