Age 20 , Illinois
Tyler was the youngest of my four children. My son, my baby boy. I called him, “Sunshine.” On a winter day just three days before Christmas of 2012, Tyler was brutally beaten and shot in front of our home. He was twenty years old, and his murder is still unsolved.
Tyler was a unique individual who possessed many gifts and talents. He had a gift for music that he inherited from his great grandfather, who wrote songs for Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and many others. He was enrolled at South Suburban College majoring in Occupational Therapy. Tyler was protective of his sister and me and was a role model for his nephew. His charming smile was unforgettable.
Less than a year before Tyler was born, my eldest daughter, Tyesa, was killed by a stray bullet at a movie theater. I never thought I would have to face such heartbreak twice. The murder of my two children devastated my family. Neither of my babies will have the opportunity to attend their college graduation, to get married, or to have family of their own due to this senseless gun violence.
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