CHICAGO -- Due to inquiries from the community, a memorial fund was established by the family of the Charleston, Mo., woman and her child who were beaten to death last Thursday at their home.
Lazan T. Balentine, 32, and her 4-year-old son, Kyri Balentine, were found dead in their home at 802 South Grand St. in Charleston. Balentine's other son, Knighten Balentine, 3, was also beaten at the residence and was seriously injured. According to Karen Smith of Chicago, sister-in-law of Balentine, funds will be used for Knighten's medical expenses. The toddler is being treated at a hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and appears to be doing better.
"Baby Knighten is still in critical condition," Smith said. "He was taken off life support and is responding and sitting up."
Balentine had no family in Charleston, Smith noted. She said Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker and a social worker told her members from the community were asking what they could do to help so the family set up the memorial fund.
Smith said no arrests have been made and the Charleston Department of Public Safety has not informed the family of any suspects for the murders.
Donations may be made to: The Balentine Memorial Fund, c/o Seaway National Bank of Chicago, 645 E. 87th St., Chicago, IL 60619.