Family of 5-year-old Cleveland boy killed in drive-by thank community for support

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CLEVELAND- Funeral arrangements have been made for a 5-year-old boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday. Meanwhile, two men charged in the crime made their first court appearance Tuesday morning.

Ramon Burnett will be laid to rest on Sept. 19 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on East 126th Street in Cleveland.  Viewing will begin at 10 a.m.  The funeral service starts at 11 a.m.

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"It's gonna be crazy not to see him out here playing, ride pass and seeing all the little kids out here playing... He's not gonna be able to play anymore," said Chanesa Tate, Ramond's aunt.

A memorial continues to grow on Louise Harris Court. That's the place the boy was shot to death, caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting as he played Friday evening in his grandmother's yard.

"All the help, all the donations to send Baby Ramon to rest, duly appreciated... His mother couldn't ask for anything more, especially being nine months pregnant," said the boy's grandmother, Donna Jones.

Prosecutors said 18-year old Dontavius Williams was the intended target of the drive-by. He appeared in court along with 19-year old Marlon Hackett, Jr., who investigators say was the shooter.  They are both being held on $1 million bond.

"Mr. Hackett was involved in a disagreement with another male... Feeling disrespected he grabbed a handgun and opened fire, tragically killing a 5-year-old this weekend, your honor," explained the prosecutor.

"The choices that they made in life may have took my grandson's life, but it also took their lives at a young age too," Jones said.

Ramon's family said they are overwhelmed my the support they have received.

"It just shows that a lot of people out here that really care... I wish there was more caring so some of this wouldn't even occur, but the family is really grateful that the community has come together to help pay their respects to Ramon," Tate said.

There is a GoFundMe account in Ramon Burnett's name as well.  Relatives said the gravestone and other services for his funeral have already been donated.

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