Mothers who lost children to gun violence host march in Uptown

CHARLOTTE — Sisterhood is a special bond Sevhn Robinson and Jamineka Davis share, but their connection began with grief after they each lost a son.

“My son’s name is Andre Cali Boyd. Jr.,” Davis said. “He was born March 30 of (1998). And he was brutally murdered on July 29th of 2020.”

Robinson and Davis were a part of a group of mothers who have lost their children to gun violence that hosted a march in Uptown Saturday.

The third annual Mega Mommy March was held Saturday at Marshall Park.

March Partin participant Tera Gordon-McIntyre lost her son to gun violence the week of July 4th in 2021. The person responsible for the death is still out there.

“I hope it brings awareness to what we are going through and the struggles that we’re going through and why our legislators and people here should look and what gun violence does in our community,” said Gordon-McIntyre.

Davis’ son was shot and killed at an apartment complex in north Charlotte.

In 2017, Robinson’s son, Kyyri, was shot to death inside his car.

“It was in the wee hours in the morning that I reached out to (Robinson) because I was just missing my son so dearly,” Davis said.

That led Robinson to create a group for other grieving mothers.

“I said (there are) a million moms out here who have lost a child to gun violence,” Robinson said. “Let’s march.”

Robinson founded Mommies Matter to Kyyri.

The group helps mothers move forward after losing a child to gun violence.

“What I always say is that ‘Thank you for being at the funeral. Thank you for supporting us on that day,’” Robinson said. “‘But it’s when you leave, we need you the most.’ And that’s why I knew that other moms are going to be feeling what I was feeling.”

Davis and Robinson are still fighting for justice and still waiting for their cases to go to trial.

Charles Billings joined the group after losing his son three years ago. When he came to Marshall Park on Saturday he knew the feeling all too well.

“I know what they are going through. And they know what I’m going through… and it’s hard. Like I said, it’s been going on three years.” said Billings.

Robinson, the march’s organizer, told everyone to bring a picture of those they’d lost hoping to spark a response from lawmakers. The group wants no bond for those arrested on murder charges.

Robinson told Channel 9 that she and her husband are heading to Raleigh after the march to meet with lawmakers.

“As soon as this march is over my husband, and I are going to Raleigh, and we are going to start having the discussions that need to be had. About these bonds… laws… what needs to be changed. Because something has to be done,” Robinson said.

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Almiya White

Almiya White, wsoctv.com

Almiya White is a reporter for WSOC-TV