September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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Colunteya Weems

In memory of Delvin Khalil Weems

Delvin K. Weems was 23 years old when he was shot and killed. His life mattered; he was my child. Delvin was a student at Benedict College in South Carolina, finishing his last year. Delvin’s dream was to play football. He had a scholarship to Marshall University and then transferred to Campbell University. After not getting the playing time he thought he should have, he followed some of his fellow teammates to South Carolina. This was his last effort to make his dreams come true.

With COVID-19 , the school wasn’t sure if they would be playing; Delvin decided not finish up so he could play the following season. Well, that season never came for him because someone he had befriended in South Carolina knew that he kept money on him. That friend decided to have him set up to be robbed. The robbery turned into murder.

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