“Someone needs to speak to the perps, to the young men with the guns. It should be their mother. But, their mothers ain’t doing it. So, I am the mother or surrograte mother. I am talking to you!” said Mary Norwood.
A cousin of two victims told the crowd disputes should not be settled with guns.
“We don’t need no guns. Fight with your hands, be a man and fight. Then you make up and say you are sorry the next day man. That’s how I was raised,” said Stacy Johnson.
Phyllis Curry, who lost her son to Deanthony to gun violence three years ago, also spoke.
“I am bringing awareness because my son is gone. I still want to help people save their children. I still want people to know this is a vicious cycle,” said Curry.
Notice what’s missing from the conversation? Everything I spoke about in my previous posts, addressing what makes a person turn to guns (to become a killer, especially at a young age) and eradicating the actual root issues poverty and violent crime. Simply passing a law won’t address any of this.
‘We don’t need no guns;’ Loved ones of children killed in homicides call for change at vigil
A vigil is being held Wednesday night at a St. Louis elementary school for children who have been killed in homicides over the summer.