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Hundreds of people gathered at Salem Baptist Church on Chicago's far South Side on Friday to pay their respects to Blair Holt.

He's the 16-year-old Julian High School student who died earlier this month when a teenage gang member boarded a CTA bus and started shooting.

Holt was in the line of fire and died while protecting his friend Tiara Reed.

At Friday's memorial service, Pastor James Meeks said Holt's heroism prompted him to sound off on Thug Life, and redefine what it truly means to be a rapper.

Blair Holt's tragic death has sparked outrage over youth violence in Chicago.

It's a subject Dr. Gary Slutkin knows well.

As an epidemiologist, he's dedicated much of his work to reducing homicides and shooting incidents on the streets of Chicago.

He's the Director of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention and its Cease Fire initiative.

Their efforts have been credited with playing a key role in reducing the number homicides in some Chicago neighborhoods.

But despite those efforts, Slutkin says stories like this are all too familiar.

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