On October 15, 2019, the life of my beautiful Kayla Shawn was taken. Three weeks shy of her 11th birthday, her father walked into my home with a gun with the intent to kill everyone inside the house. He succeeded in taking the life of my precious girl and himself.
Because of this devastating act of gun violence, a sweet and caring girl will never get to grow up. Milestones will never be reached. We lost a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend. We will never forget her beautiful smile and infectious laughter.
No family should ever have to experience this. She deserved to live. She deserved to grow up and become who she was meant to be. We were never able to find out where the gun was purchased, but because of little to no regulations on gun purchases, a mentally unstable man was able to LEGALLY purchase it. If one life can be saved from a Red Flag law, then it’s worth it. Kayla’s life was worth it.