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GoFundMe launched after son of former Shreveport mayoral candidate killed in house fire

Emmanuel Slack, 17, (right) was killed in a house fire on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Emmanuel Slack, 17, (right) was killed in a house fire on Friday, June 4, 2021.(GoFundMe)
Published: Jun. 7, 2021 at 1:46 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A GoFundMe account has been started to help the family of a 17-year-old boy who was killed in a house fire Friday, June 4.

Emmanuel Slack, 17, was the son of Melvin Slack, who ran for mayor of Shreveport back in 2014. The father was also injured in the fire. The home is considered a total loss. Now, friends and family members are trying to do their part.

“If he knew you, he would do anything for you,” said Jenna Kimball, a close friend with Emmanuel. “He was the one person I could go to, not to vent about everything, but just to kind of get away from everything for awhile.”

The fund was created by Jennifer Turman Kimball, a friend of the family.

Jennifer Kimball says since Emmanuel has died, it’s time to her to be there for the family.

“The GoFundMe is a way to give back to the family, who couldn’t have anticipated such an event,” she said.

As of Wednesday afternoon (June 9), the fund has raised more than $4,000 of its $10,000 goal, with nearly 60 people donating. Click here to contribute.

“The GoFundMe is just one way to give back when you feel like you can’t do anything else. Certainly those monies will be put forth to the family and any expenses incurred. It’s just a way for the community to give back,” Jennifer said.

“If the roles were switched and it was one of your loved ones who has passed on and he had the $10,000 that you needed, he would’ve given it all. He would’ve done anything,” Jenna said.

The Kimballs considered Emmanuel to be family and are in contact with his parents to help plan his funeral services.

Jenna says Emmanuel loved politics and wanted to be president of the United States one day. Back in January, KSLA’s Destinee Patterson interviewed Slack at a pro-life rally on Youree Drive.

“He didn’t even ask how long he had to be there, he just stayed throughout the entire thing. He didn’t care how long he was going to stand there in the cold. He didn’t care when he was going to go home. He just wanted to be there,” Jenna said, referencing the rally.

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