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In memory of De'Merkus J Wiltz (Smith)

I just had talked to my son before his life was taken away. He said he was OK, but something went wrong after I talked to him. He left his location. I was told he was on Snapchat having fun, looking happy. Through it all my family came, got me and said, “Come with us. We have to go.”

Then the news was: He was killed. I could not believe it. I can’t bear his loss and have to take medication to sleep and focus, etc. The pain can get worse for me everyday. Losing a child by gun violence can be very depressing. I talk to God, and I know he will help me cope with his loss.

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