Mothers Brought Together After Their Children Were Murdered

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Their lives are forever changed. Mothers who have lost their children to gun violence.

Tragedy has brought a group of women together and now they help ease the pain of others.

The Angel Moms feel like a sorority brought together by unfortunate fate but somehow, they manage to bring smiles to each other's faces.

Once strangers these women now work together to find justice for their murdered children.

Debbie Golden stood at her daughter, Marnesha Scales grave amongst friends and family this week. "I know a lot of moms who are going through the same thing," said Golden.

September 27th marked one year since Scales was shot and killed while sitting in a car in east Memphis.

Also in the crowd were other moms who have lost children to gun violence.

They call themselves Angel Moms.

"Dealing with the moms who have gone through it," said Golden. "It helps me a lot because they actually know exactly how you feel."

Nekia Taylor's daughter Anya, Stacie Payne's son Cameron, and Tara Thomas' son Chris were all killed by gun violence.

Thomas says, unfortunately, watching the news keeps her son's death fresh in her mind.

"If I see the crime scene that is a reminder that opens up the wounds for me because I know the process that they're about to go through," said Thomas.

That's why she and the other Angel Moms reach out to families who are about to experience what they already have.

They say opened and closed cases, vigils, birthdays and weddings that never happen are all a part of losing a child too soon.

"You don't want that to be a part of the memory of your child," said Edwards.

Of the 4 Angel Moms, only Thomas' son's case has been solved.

Rewards are still out there for information leading to arrests in the other 3 cases.


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