"He always took care of me. Always,” said Donna Waymon when ABC2 News spoke with her a few days after her son's death, “I have multiple sclerosis, and he knew that, and he said, 'Ma, no matter what, I'm gonna always take care of you."
But 21-year old Quincey Waymon was gunned down outside a Home Depot earlier this month as he spoke on the phone to his mother.
"When I was talking to Quincey on the phone, I heard him say, 'Ahhhh!'... like that, and I said, 'what's going on, Quincey' and the phone went dead. The phone went dead."
It is a loss that has devastated everyone who knew the former Woodlawn High School standout athlete, including his brother Nicholas.
"I tried. I tried and it just hurts me that my little brother is sitting here in this casket and I ain't going to see him no more," he said.
And it's a loss, not unlike hundreds of others each year in the city, where guns settle differences for good.
"We have to change this. We all have to change this,” said James Hamlin, Quincey’s uncle, “We all have to be a part of changing the lives of our young men and saving them, and we say that it takes a village to raise a child. Today, I ask, 'Where is the village?' We all have a part of play."
It was suggested at the service that half of the young black men between 18 and 25 are not in school and not working, and still others suggest the problem reaches beyond the economics.
"When we're asking our youth, 'Where are you from?' They say, 'I'm from the hood', and we forgot that to spell 'hood', it started with 'neighbor' and when we took the neighbor out of the hood, that's when things started to turn," said Casuel Pitts, who flew in from Florida on behalf of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis who is a family friend.
Whatever the case, in a letter he once penned to God, Quincey was thankful to have the support of a loving family--a family he now leaves behind.
"I'm so happy that I have a mother who is my aunt and a stepfather who keeps me straight, because it's crazy out here," the letter said.
That letter went on to say, "God, heaven to me is where you go when you die. As long as you do the right thing to others and yourself. I hope this is right God because this is what my mother has told me."
Quincey's alleged killer, Emmett Pulliam of Baltimore, is just 22-years old.
He's being held with no bail on a series of charges including first-degree murder.