Surviving Parents of Steven Odom

Kim and Ron Odoms

Dorchester, MA

On October 4, 2007, our youngest child, Steven, then 13 years old, was murdered. He was shot and killed while making his way home from just around the corner from where we live. That day set our family on a journey we could never have imagined. The journey of survivors of a homicide victim is the theme we live now.

As soon as we were able to get some presence of mind back ...

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Surviving Mother of Aaron Wornum

Deborah Wornum

Dorchester, MA

My youngest son, Aaron, was one month into his 25th year of life. Aaron left home on June 26, 2011, at 9:00 PM. At 9:20 PM, my life changed forever when Aaron was killed on the streets of Boston.

My son loved life to its fullest. Whatever he set his mind to do in life, he did his best to accomplish it. Aaron was loved by so many people. This was especially noted at his ...

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Surviving Mother of Kramo Lavon Curry

Genie Curry

Roxbury, MA

Kramo expressed himself through his arts. Kramo would write poetry and rap and loved listening to music. He wanted to be a rapper. He was also an excellent artist. Kramo was a people person and embodied an unconditional love for children. He made a point to visit his grandmother and cousins and friends. Kramo always carried a warm smile and greeted people with hugs. He was very humorous. Kramo was very sensitive and understood ...

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Three Strikes, Who’s Out?

Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE) is a group founded by women who have lost children to violence. Because of our unfortunate circumstances, we are in a unique position to comment on the “Three Strikes you’re out” bill under consideration by the legislature. This bill will profoundly and unfairly impact Black and Hispanic/Latino urban communities where poverty precludes retaining a good defense attorney and where judicial distrust hinders consideration of alternative approaches to non-violent crime. In fact, for ...

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Surviving Mother of Timothy M. Walker

Denise Murray

Lawrence, MA

I am a surviving mother.

My 20-year-old son, Timothy, was shot on July 24, 2010. As I stood by his bedside at Mass General two days later on July 26, 2010, I held his hand and told him how much I loved him and was going to miss him. He stopped breathing right before my eyes. I was numb; I didn’t know what to do. I was mad at the world. But I promised my ...

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