BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — One evening in Birmingham, they came in one by one.
Twelve mothers — each coping with her own loss — came in solidarity. They’d come to tell the stories of their loved ones: sons who had become victims of gun violence here in Birmingham.
These are their stories.
Akita Jemison, mother of Kavas Jemison
Kavas Jemison, 16, had just completed tenth grade when he was gunned down on I-59 near Ensley on July 23, 2022.
Twala Ollison, mother of Travio Ollison
Travio Ollison, 19, was found dead in the middle of Druid Hills Drive in April 2021. He was trying to settle a dispute.
April Pipkins, mother of Emantic Bradford, Jr.
Emantic Bradford, Jr. was shot and killed by a Hoover Police Officer on Thanksgiving Day in 2018 inside the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office concluded that the officer’s actions were “reasonable” and no charges were filed against the officer. Bradford’s family disagrees with the decision.
Sheree Kennon, mother of Detraio Whorton
Detraio Deshawn Whorton, 27, was shot to death in a car wash parking lot on First Avenue North in Birmingham.
Sherie Moore Birl, mother of Ta’Narius Moore, Sr.
Ta’Narius Moore Sr. was shot to death in Collegeville in May 2017.
Tiffany Brown, mother of Brent Brown
Brent Brown, 18, was shot and killed inside a home in Tarrant in November 2021. He had gone to the house to play video games with his friends.
Felicia Morgan, mother of Sanquez Morgan
Sanquez Morgan was gunned down near the corner of 41st Street and Fifth Court North in May 2019.
Rosalyn Johnson, mother of Del’Quan McNeily
Del’Quan McNeily, 20, was shot and killed outside Corey’s Barber & Styles in February 2020. McNeily’s homicide was later ruled “justifiable” by the Jefferson County DA’s office and no charges were ever filed in the case.
Wytangy Peak Finney, mother of Calvin Arthur Foster
Calvin Arthur Foster, 21, was found dead in east Birmingham in August 2016.
Catrina Marks Carey, mother of Derrick Marks
Derrick Marks, 25, had left his home to get the death of his friend off his mind in February 2020. He was shot to death near Hunter Ridge Apartments thirty minutes later.
Karen Nathan, mother of Stanley Ray Hopson
Stanley Ray Hopson was found shot to death in the doorway of an apartment in May 2021.
Theta Johnson, mother of Jacoby, Emanuel, and Rodriquez “Dreke” Powell
Jacoby, Emanuel, and Rodriquez Powell died in separate incidents of gun violence in 2005, 2013, and 2022.