FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Young men and women, whose sibling or parent has been killed by violence, are sharing their stories.
The organizers of Truth Talks said that when acts of violence happen, everyone talks to the parents, police or protesters, but not the kids.
In August 2015, 8-year old Jamyla Bolden was shot and killed in her Ferguson home while doing her homework on her mother’s bed. Hundreds mourned her death, but what many don’t know is that Jamyla’s 10-year old brother, Kyndal, was in the room with her when she was shot.
In May 2013, Marlon Brown died after police in DeLand, Florida ran over him with their vehicle while he was fleeing on foot. Marlon left behind a wife and three kids.
In April 2013, Cary Ball was shot and killed by St. Louis city police officers downtown. Every day, Carlos Ball misses his big brother Cary. His death has encouraged Carlos to be an activist in the community to teach kids that they don’t need a gun to live in St. Louis.
All three families have very different stories but the same outcome. Their goal of events like truth talks is to hopefully change the ending of the story for others.