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Chaplain's son's murder won't stop her from helping community

Son was killed near 29th and Hampton
Posted at 9:05 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 23:18:43-05

A Milwaukee chaplain who goes to others in their times of need is now asking people to help find the people who murdered her son.

Donovan Hines, 23, was shot and killed around 1 a.m. on Monday near 29th Street and Hampton Avenue. He was driving down 29th Street when he was shot and crashed through a fence into a home. He died at the scene.

Tuesday night, chaplains wearing their red vests went back to the area to pray for Hines and his mother, Brenda Hines.

"I'm just hurting really bad right now," Brenda said.

She was doing work on behalf of the Salvation Army Chaplain Service the Sunday before her son was killed. She said Donovan left after she made family dinner. He went to pick up a friend after midnight when someone starting shooting at him while he was driving down 29th Street.

"I just want to say to the people that did this to my son, he didn't deserve what you did to my son. He didn't deserve it because he was a kind spirit, he was a loving kid," Brenda said.

Friends and family said Donovan Hines was a mama's boy in the best possible way. He was always volunteering or showing up at Salvation Army events to watch out for his mom. He worried when she went out as a chaplain after a crime. 

"He wanted to make sure his mother was good and everything was well with her," said Monica McDowell, a family friend.

But even with her son's death, Brenda said she is even more resolved to go out into the community and be with victims.

"I'm going to fight even harder," Brenda said. "That means I'm going to pray even harder, I'm going to come out even more." 

Police are still searching for the person who killed Donovan. The family is asking that they turn themselves in.