BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s been nearly four months since 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney’s death, and the community is still feeling the impact of the tragedy–no one more so than McKinney’s mother, April Thomas.
“It’s rough,” Thomas said. “I have good days, I have bad days. But it’ll never be the same. I can’t wake up to her smiling at me or waking me up with her hugs or kisses. It’s rough.”
Two suspects, Derick Brown and Patrick Stallworth, are still in custody in connection with Cupcake’s asphyxiation death. Both are being charged with capital murder and face the death penalty if convicted.
Prayer vigils were held and donations were made to help Cupcake’s family, including Thomas. This is something she says she will never forget.
But while actions are being taken to help the grieving family, Thomas wants actions to be made to help prevent this from happening to someone else.
“What are we going to do to prevent this from happening?” Thomas said. “While the gifts are nice, it still doesn’t [make] our community better. I would rather see more events towards trying to push things to be better. Enough is enough.”
While justice may be coming for Cupcake, Thomas is still having to manage life without her daughter.
“I get through it [thanks to] God,” Thomas said.
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