Chap­lain re­mem­bers slain son dur­ing vigil

‘I’m go­ing to fight even harder,’ she prom­ises

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As a Sal­va­tion Army chap­lain, Brenda Hines of­fers com­fort to Mil­wau­kee fam­i­lies when tragedy strikes.

This week, the tragedy was hers.

Her 23-year-old son, Dono­van Hines, was shot and killed while driv­ing a car early Mon­day. Af­ter the shoot­ing, his car crashed into a house on N. 29th St. just south of W. Hamp­ton Ave.

On Tues­day evening, she stood at the scene, hold­ing a can­dle and sur­rounded by fam­ily, friends and her fel­low chap­lains, who wore their sig­na­ture red vests.

“I’m go­ing to fight even harder,” she said. “I’m go­ing to pray even harder. I’m go­ing to come out even more.”

“I’m go­ing to be there for peo­ple in their time of need and I’m go­ing to just be there in the Lord and the spirit and do what the Lord tells me to do,” she said.

The chap­lains work in part­ner­ship with the Mil­wau­kee Po­lice Depart­ment, which re­quests their help when needed. Of­fi­cers have called them for sui­cides, fa­tal fires, sud­den child deaths, shoot­ings and homi­cides.

The Sal­va­tion Army runs the pro­gram and de­signed the train­ing based

on its curriculum for vol­un­teers who re­spond to hur­ri­canes, ter­ror­ist at­tacks and other crises. The chap­lains’ train­ing in­cludes emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal first-aid and a mini-cit­i­zens academy to ex­plain the job of a Mil­wau­kee po­lice of­fi­cer.

Hines said be­ing part of the chap­laincy pro­gram has given her strength and she wanted the com­mu­nity to know what her fam­ily was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

“We hurt, too, just like you do, and we go through things, too,” she said. “I’ll come back out when I bounce back.”

As of Tues­day evening, no ar­rests had been re­ported in her son’s killing. Her fel­low chap­lains of­fered prayers of sup­port and calls for jus­tice.

“She wants truth, she wants hon­esty, she wants clo­sure,” said Mon­ica McDow­ell, min­is­ter at World Out­reach Cen­ter and Hines’ long­time friend.

“Fa­ther, we ask that you give that to her,” McDow­ell prayed. “We ask in ut­ter bold­ness that you let her have what she’s ask­ing you . ... So she gets the who and the why.”

Hines saw her son Sun­day evening when he came over for din­ner.

He left her house some­time when she was get­ting ready for bed and ap­par­ently was on his way to help a friend when the shoot­ing oc­curred about 1 a.m. Mon­day.

At the vigil, Hines re­mem­bered her son’s wide smile, how he loved to joke around and how he was train­ing to be a car­pen­ter.

“He didn’t de­serve it,” Hines said. “He was a lov­ing kid.”

Pas­tor Alexis Twito, who leads the chap­laincy pro­gram, de­scribed him as a “light.”

“He was a light to his brothers and to his cousin and his nieces and neph­ews and to his mom and to his friends and so we light all of these can­dles in his name,” she said.

Af­ter blue and white bal­loons were re­leased and the can­dles blown out, Hines called for more love and an end to the seem­ingly end­less vi­o­lence in Mil­wau­kee.

Her faith was un­shaken.

“I just want the devil to know he didn’t win,” Hines said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Dono­van Hines’ homi­cide is asked to call Mil­wau­kee po­lice at (414) 935-7360.



Brenda Hines (cen­ter in tan coat) re­mem­bers her son, Dono­van, dur­ing a vigil Tues­day. Dono­van Hines was shot and killed while driv­ing a car early Mon­day.

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