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Mom's of 2019 murder victims remember their sons

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 23:13:31-05

BALTIMORE — Balloons left on lamp posts in East Baltimore, as family and friends remember their loved ones.

"You gotta start with love first. I think some of these kids don’t know love. Parents don’t know how to love," said Deonna Perry. She's the mother of 21-year-old Donnell Brockington.

Brockington was shot and killed on November 13. The 300th murder in the city in 2019.

"It's a terrible feeling and I didn't want to just let him be a number."

Four men were arrested in connection to Brockington's murder. They're expected to go on trial this spring, all charged with first degree murder. However, other families still don't know who's responsible for their heartache.

"My message is anyone that know anything about my son killer please come forward, that’s all I want," said Joanna Lampkin. She's the mother of 21-year-old Nijuan Barbour. He was shot and killed while walking to the laundromat on Preston and Lakewood on September 24. Barbour was murder #252.

"They left him there," She said. "I want people to speak up so I can get justice for my son."

As the counting starts over for a new year, these families don't want us to forget the 348 people killed from last year. They chanted, "Stop the violence. Start the Love."