October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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Annette Johnson-Butler

My son Kewon Vilella was a vibrant young man. He had so much life, energy and motivation in him. Kewon’s smile was everything to me. Kewon was known for his love of basketball. He loved the lakers and Kobe. He was well known to his family and friends as KOBE.

October 9, 2016, my world was turned upside down when I got the news my son was killed. Kewon went to see his daughter. Kewon was later found on a porch on the 3900 block of West Gladys with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Kewon was just starting to become into his manhood. It was all taken away from him when his life ended tragically Oct 9, 2016. A day I can’t and will never forget. After the tragic death of my son my life changed and will forever be changed. I am a grieving mother. My son meant a lot to me, family and friends. As of today Kewon’s case still remains unsolved. My hope is that one day I can be a voice to help and empower many others that have lost their child to gun violence. I also want my voice to impact the endless effect senseless gun violence has on the victims families.

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