I’ve lost two sons to gun violence: my son Marcus Chavez, age 15, on December 15, 2012. I was pulling up with Christmas presents when I got a call that he shot himself. I walked in and found him in his room, lying there, lifeless. The worst day of my life; my baby gone forever.
My second son, Javi Poloface Chavez, was shot four times in his back on February 25, 2018. His friend drove him to hospital, where he had surgery. A few hours later, I got 45 minutes to say goodbye. They gave him enough blood to keep him alive for us to say goodbye. The second worst day of my life.
Why did I have to lose my only two sons? They both left behind kids: Marcus, a son, and Javi, three daughters. I now have a Facebook page called Mothers Against Gun Violence. I try to hear, support and listen to others going through the same. My life will never be the same. Both sons died in Wichita, Kansas.