Moms of sons killed in Savannah march for justice

SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV-TV) – Losing a child is something no parent should experience especially when it’s to senseless violence. So this Mother’s day weekend many mothers took to downtown to the courthouse and to the police department demanding justice for their sons.

Mothers and fathers of sons killed in the last year say it’s almost impossible to heal when the killers have yet to be brought to justice. The feeling of that loss felt most of all this weekend when instead of sharing love with their sons, families continue to grieve their deaths.

“This is my first Mother’s day, without Ricky,” says Brenda Curtis who’s son was found dead last summer.

It’s a situation many of these moms have this Mother’s day following one of Savannah’s most violent years in decades.

“It’s going to take everybody to solve this problem. We’ve got a major crime problem, they don’t want to admit it but we do,” says Lawrence Bryan III who’s son was gunned down in 2015.

Latest numbers and reports from Metro police show that there have been at least twenty people killed in Savannah so far in 2016. More than finding the killers of their sons, these parents want to make sure justice is followed in the courts as well. That is something that they say all to often is not a reality.

“It’s very frustrating because two week ago a mother a family that went to trial and the murder made a deal and got twenty years out and the family was just devastated,”says Joseph Pastores.

Along with the mothers and fathers, Moms Demand Action took part in the march. They are an activist group who continue to push lawmakers to take a stand on street level violent crime. Linda Wilder-Bryan orchestrated the march and says city leaders are not fulfilling their promises.

“They’re doing absolutely nothing, they don’t stand, they have a town hall meeting and they make these promises that they know they’re not going to keep, how do they sleep at night,” asks Wilder-Bryan.

“The heartache is there the emotions are there, the hatred is still there, it’s devastating, it’s really devastating we miss our son everyday,” says Michelle Pastores who lost her son more than a year ago.

This is the second march for justice in less than a week in Savannah. Many members of this one took part in the anti crime movement in 2015 and say Hannah Brown being gunned down in West Savannah is proof not enough is being done to be proactive against violent crime.

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