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Sharon Baker

In memory of Tyrelle

Blessings to all the survivors who are learning and living with coping the loss of a loved one to gun violence and the street or whatever or however the scenario may be.

I lost my son, Tyrelle, on December 29, 2012, to homicide gun violence here in the city of Brockton, Massachusetts. My son was shot and died instantly. As a mother, how do I live with it? I didn’t think I could live, my world was crushed. “Not my baby, you guys got the wrong number. This can’t be true.” However the truth of the matter is my son was murdered. It’s just street gun violence — what are we the people going to do? How can we help make a change in the streets nationwide to stop the killings? It’s senseless and foolish and we shouldn’t take lives. What motivates people to just kill? How can we stop? What can we do?

What I have done in my life after death is join a support group where mothers, fathers, brothers, siblings can come together and learn to live and cope with the loss of a loved one. However life after death is a little different. Today that’s how I get through life. To help one another with a shoulder to lean on, a shoulder to cry on. I work with people affected by gun violence to come up with a game plan on how we can reach the shooters, how we can change the mindset of one another and how we can get more programs out here to help people who don’t even know that they’re hurting too. With that being said, bless everyone. Let’s come up with a game plan to try to prevent the gun killings. The murders have to stop. Let’s start fighting back. Thank you for listening, and pray for me as I pray for your strength. Thank you.

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