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Memorial held for local activist killed in Chicago

NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) -

A memorial service was held Sunday night for a former Cincinnati activist who was killed during an attempted robbery in Chicago earlier in the day.

Darius Chambers was a board member at Equality Cincinnati; a group that stood up for the rights of every one despite a person's sexual orientation. Chicago police say three teens have been charged with murder in connection with Chamber's death.

Authorities say he was at a bus stop with a friend early Sunday morning when a man approached asking to use a cell phone. When a person with Chambers declined several others began beating Chambers.

"He had a beautiful heart and from day one I accepted what he believed in. Darius was smart. He was intelligent and he believed in the right thing," said his mother, Rosa Hardy, who attended the service.

 "I don't believe in the death penalty but if you hurt someone I feel that you should be punished because this was a very senseless murder," said Hardy.

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