By Sandra Birungi
Chris Kelly was yesterday laid to rest in an Atlanta funeral that drew hundreds of family and friends.
A memorial service was held at Jackson Baptist Memorial Church and was attended by 300 people mostly friends, family and fellow showbiz celebrities. Kelley, of the Kris Kross hip hop group was found dead on May 1st and it is believed the 34-year-old died from drug overdose.
Speaking at the church service, fellow group member and friend, Chris Smith remembered Kelly as a true friend who was in heaven. “It’s been a struggle for me every day, but there was a peace that came over me this morning because I know he’s in heaven,” Smith said, as tears rolled down his face. “We had so many memories,” he added. “He was a true friend. He wanted to see if I was all right. So I just want to say I love you, man, and I’ll miss you.”
Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte shed tears during the entire service as she continuously stared at her son’s casket. She pleaded for two of the deacons not to close the coffin at the beginning of the service. “Please don’t close it,” she screamed. “Please don’t close it on my baby.”
Among the mourners was Jermaine Dupri, who discovered the 1990s teen duo, at an Atlanta mall.
Dupri and Da Brat wore their pants backward to pay homage to Kris Kross, who was known for wearing their clothes backward. The church service lasted for two hours throughout which Kelley’s photos were shown behind the pulpit posing with music legends such as Michael Jackson, Gerald Levert and Patti LaBelle.