CHICAGO (CBS) – While Mother’s Day can bring a lot of joy, it’s important to remember that for some it can be painful. In the case of one Chicago family a mother uses this day to plan her son’s funeral.
There seems to be an endless cycle of families mourning the loss of their loved ones.
On Saturday, Diane Archer held back tears as she learned that her son had been killed the day before Mother’s Day. 26-year-old Brendan Slater bought a cake for Sunday dinner. He was with his 27-year-old friend when someone got out of the car, pulled out a gun and started firing.
The family gardener was in the backyard when he heard gunshots and received a blow to the chest. He later died of his injuries.
In a separate incident, family members say 22-year-old Jamarion Loston was killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood around 45 and Pauline on Wednesday night. Chicago police said the acting officer heard gunshots and immediately called 911. Lostan was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and was soon pronounced dead.
Ernest Radcliffe, Morgan Park High School coach, is committed to engaging children in sports and non-violence. He said Lostan was one of his baseball players.
“This young man was a damn ball player,” he said. “That’s why I’m training so hard to try to save all our young people.”
Lostan’s mother said he has achieved so much in life, including graduating from high school and going to college. He was also the master of the Jessie White Tumbling Team.
She mourns not only the death of her son but also many other mothers who lost their children as a result of the violence.