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I remember the day it happened as if it were yesterday. 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 was Monday, and that 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, asking him what the EMTs were doing. He had died by the time we got to the hospital.

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