A year after his death, there’s just a faded tiny metal marker to indicate that is where Danny Clyburn Jr., who hit home runs in the major leagues, lies six feet under the red earth.
Danny Clyburn Sr., the father who mourns still in Lancaster – a widower who in his sixth decade of living tries to make ends meet as a custodian at a school so long after his son played in Major League Baseball – doesn’t have the money for a head stone.
“I wasn’t working last year when my son got murdered, so I’m still paying for burying him,” Clyburn said Wednesday. “Funerals and all cost.”
...The night Clyburn was killed, his father urged him to stay home. The son opted to see his old friends. One of those old chums then shot him, police say. Previous court testimony showed Clyburn had both alcohol and marijuana in his system when he died.
What remains now in Lancaster concerning Danny Clyburn Jr., major league home run hitter, is a father, a good and decent man by all accounts, who can’t pay for a gravestone. The big league organizations Clyburn played for never even sent a card of condolence after he was killed, Danny Clyburn Sr. said.
“I worked all my life, I didn’t ask anybody for anything,” Clyburn said Tuesday. “I will pay what I owe. I always have.”
Then the father of a major league home run hitter who died from a bullet to the chest a year ago left to go clean a school on the night shift.
Posted: February 07, 2013 at 07:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
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