Charles Pennington LaMont passed away on August 13, 2009 at the age of twenty-two years old. Event though he was young, Charles was a tireless advocate for homeless youth and also devoted many hours as a volunteer for programs and events concerning Baltimore’s LGBT community. In 2007, Charles was highlighted in the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) newsletter for his contributions in the Popular Opinion Leader Program and later became the first Popular Opinion Leader Coordinator. Charles also worked with the Baltimore City Youth Commission to raise awareness about teen homicide, sexual abuse, homeless and youth prostitution.
Charles had recently started the process of enrollment at Baltimore City Community College and hoped to pursue a career in social work. He worked as a daycare assistance and spent his quit time making jewelry, writing and enjoying the company of friends, family and co-workers. Charles, who was easily moved by the struggle of others and sought to promote fellowship in everyone he touched, will be dearly missed.
Charles is survived by his mother, Paula Pennington Bethea, his father, Alonzo LaMont, Jr., his other “mom”, Nicole LaMont, and his grandparents Vernon and Frances Pennington. A memorial service for Charles was held at Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore on the evening of Thursday, August 27.