MILWAUKEE, WI - Gun violence in Milwaukee has prompted a local woman who lost her own son to focus on the mothers of homicide victims.
“[The day my son was killed] was the darkest day of my life," Devin Cameron said.
On July 8, 2015, Cameron lost her 13-year-old son, Giovonnie Cameron.
“He was the best thing that could’ve happened to me besides my other kids," Cameron said.
"That little boy was so special," she continued.
Giovonnie was shot and killed in his home by his cousin who was also thirteen at the time.
“I’m still a bit numb with the situation," Cameron said.
"But I have to press forward because I have to have my son live through me," she explained.
And as young Giovonnie lives through her, Cameron wants to give other mothers who’ve lost children to gun violence a little relief in their own lives. That's why she’s launching a nonprofit next month that’ll connect those mothers with grief counselors free of charge.
“I want to help them to prepare for the worst because a lot of people, they go through situations like grieving, you don't know where to start," Cameron said.
For Cameron it’s been two years, four months, and eight days since she last held her youngest son —and although she admits each day presents its own challenges she refuses to let anything stand in the way of her mission to help other grieving moms.