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On October 6, 2008, my son Marcus Lamont Brown became a victim of gun violence when he was murdered in his home during a robbery. The last time I saw my son was the night before his murder. I dropped him off at the apartment he shared with his brother, just around the corner from our home, and told him that I loved him.

The next day, Monday morning, I was getting my grandchildren ready for daycare. I went in the house to get my phone and noticed that I had missed several calls from my oldest son, Terrence. I called him back, and he told me that Marcus had been shot. I stayed on the phone with Terrence, asking him about the ambulance.

Marcus was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. I remember feeling numb all over. We left the hospital, and I cried for days. My heart still feels the pain from that day. Marcus was a beautiful soul and caring human being. His daughter Markayla Brown was born five months after his death.

My late son, Marcus Lamont Brown, was murdered at 19 years old, almost 14 years ago, by gun.

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