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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Monique Irvis

In honor of Eric Keith Woods

My son Eric was murdered on August 1, 2007, and as of today his case is still unsolved. Eric was coming from a basketball game the night he was murdered. Eric went to the game with his sister and nephew. When the game was over, Eric was supposed to be riding home with his supposed-to-be best friend at the time, but he never made it home. I received that phone call that Eric was shot. Eric was such a handsome young man. He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart of gold. Eric was a joy to have around. Eric graduated from John Bartram High School in 2006. Eric started working at the age of 14. He worked at Giant supermarket, Wendy’s, his last job was for Allied Barton Security until someone decided to take his life.

One of his favorite things to do was play basketball and the video games. He also coached basketball, which I was told he loved. Eric loved women. When I hear stories about my son from people that I don’t know, they all say “We really loved your son, he was a joy to have around.” Eric loved cooking. He would make up his own recipe for whatever he was cooking. I miss my son so much. I’m still waiting for him to have justice, I’ve tried everything I could think of to get him justice. Reward money, radio interviews, billboards posted, newspapers and news interviews, still nothing. If you could only have met Eric, you would say the same thing: Eric was a beautiful young man taken to soon.

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