Slain 7-year-old Dequante Hobbs Jr. honored at Master P Celebrity Basketball Game in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – The 2017 Essence Festival, hosted by artist and philanthropist Master P, kicked off Thursday night with a celebrity basketball game
The hardwood hoops attracted celebrities from the NBA, the NFL, as well as rap and hip-hop performers like Romeo Miller. Stepping onto the court, Miler wore a No. 7 jersey in honor of Dequante Hobbs Jr., the 7-year-old shot and killed by a stray bullet last month in Louisville.
Dozens of Dequante’s family members, including mother Micheshia Norment and father Dequante “DQ” Hobbs Sr., made the trip to New Orleans to witness their son’s life being celebrated.
“It really caught me in my heart. I was just expecting to show up to a game and get a jersey but I got on the floor and was able to get to meet everyone,” Dequante Hobbs Sr. said. “God is working with us and wants to see us happy. All of this is for my son Q. I’m keeping my head up and looking up to the sky.”
Master P and Team H.O.P.E. NOLA, declared June 29 “National Day of Peace” in honor of Dequante Hobbs Jr.. Dequante’s mother was presented with the “Courage Award” by Master P before the start of the game and Romeo Miller gave her his jersey and “Most Valuable Player” trophy afterwards.
Peace and justice activist Christopher 2X said he sees this type of gathering as a step towards peace.
“It added another encourager to at least allow the process of the survivor to cope with their pain. Not erase the pain—cope,” he said. “I think that’s what we accomplished here today. A reminder about how to cope through a lot of love that was afforded to especially Dequante Hobbs Jr. family members.”
Norment said the event was a moving gesture.
“I felt a whole lot of good energy. Most importantly — love,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting Romeo and Master P. You can tell their hearts are beating beautifully. They have a whole lot of love not only for my son but also our family, and I appreciate all of that. I felt the love in Louisville, Kentucky, but I’m feeling it more being here.”
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