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Mother of murder victim speaks out about family history of gun violence

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Updated: 11/25/2013 11:02 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sekina Bell is still coping with the loss of her son, Derek Williams, who was gunned down three weeks ago inside a Murray Hill home.

On Sunday, Bell attended a church service to spread her message of ending gun violence that's plagued her family for generations.

"Right now I feel OK," said Bell. "I don't know about later on, but right now my spirit is at ease."

Bell says she hasn't been crying lately. She says that is a sign that the healing process has begun.

"Nov. 7, at 5:20 a.m., I got that phone call and was told my son was murdered. I felt like God had let me down. All the year I had been praying, asking to keep my sons out of harms way."

Bell said the loss of her son makes her feel likes she's been through this same tragic situation before.

Bell said, "My grandfather was murdered when I was 2. Then at 12 my, father was murdered. Then at 28, my son's father was murdered."

"For a long time my prayers to God were 'Lord don't let anything happen to my sons,' because it seems like all the men that are in my life that are very significant in my life leave me."

It's generational family tragedies such as Bell's that are the reason behind organizations like Operation Save Our Sons. Pastor John Guns is working with fathers and their sons to end the culture of gun violence.

"When young men are equipped to make healthy decisions, when young men are equipped to manage conflict, when young men are equipped to choose their friends wisely, then that will translate to them living longer," said Guns.

Bell agrees. She says she knows protecting her sons is a tough job. She's now praying she doesn't lose the two sons she has left.

"His smile and his phone call, my son called me every single day. There's not a day my son didn't call me and after each conversation its always 'I love you Ma.'"
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BrookeJ - 11/28/2013 11:18 AM
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Are you serious? How dare you justify the death of someones child? Regardless of whatever his sins were you have no heaven or hell to put anyone in. And further more the face of government assistance is black people but welfare was created in the first depression for white by white people, black people were still getting lynched and rape in the land of the free a home of h brave for trying to vote for basic liberties. Furthermore there isn't enough black people in number to dominate the welfare system. Now, I pray your children, both of you, Missy and n ativejax, have the tenacity to break away from you racist, simple ideals to make the world a better place. Yes, violence is an issue in the black community, however ever race has short comings. So either be a part of the solution or shut up being a part of the problem. God bless you two!

nativejax - 11/25/2013 4:07 PM
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You said it better, Missy..GOD had and has nothing to do with the violence that this race is doing to others and themselves. Yet they want us to feel sorry for them ALL and support them on our tax dollars and give up our 2 Amendment for them. SOON they will realize these 'entitlements' O Bama is promising will run out, then they will be even more violent then they are now. Yea, I feel real sorry that 'innocents' are dying, but the parent(s) are to blame.

Missy - 11/25/2013 8:04 AM
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"I got that phone call and was told my son was murdered. I felt like God had let me down." Correction: "God" did not let you down. Your pathetic worthless race did. You people embrace this culture of violence and taxpayer dependency, even to the point where you instill into your children. You are the problem. You caused IT. You continue to vote for IT. Now live with IT.

nativejax - 11/25/2013 7:44 AM
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Well QUIT having kids, better yet, kids that grow up thinking STEALING GUNS and running the streets with them is acceptable behavior. It is happening among the Black population more then any other race on earth.
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