MEMPHIS,Tenn. — The shooting death of Whitehaven football player Demetrius Robinson hits close to home for Stevie Moore.
“Seventeen-year-old got killed. My 23-year old was killed exactly 17 years ago,” Moore said.
It’s bringing back the painful memories of losing his son to gun violence.
It’s also a reminder for Moore that his fight for peace is far from over.
“And I’ve been fighting this fight,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d be still fighting that fight about our young children dying from gun violence. But here 17 years later.”
This would have been Robinson’s final year on the field for Whitehaven.
Moore said he’s heard too many of these stories over the years.
“I can go back in Whitehaven a 6-year-old got killed in the yard,” he said.“I can go back to Whitehaven a 15-year-old got killed washing dishes. I can go back to a 15-year-old got killed and the mother went up to see why she wasn’t woke. She got shot through the night.”
Moore’s building on South Third Street is filled and covered with messages of non-violence and peace.
He said unity can cause change.
“We can do it if we do it collectively together,” he said. “We’ve got to stop letting politics, racial divide, democrat, republican, all this garbage. We need to stop to save lives. That’s my mission.”
A mission Moore doesn’t plan on ending.
“That’s why I can’t stop trying,” he said. “If I can stop the killing I’m gonna go home, sit on my couch and drink me a cold beer and forget it. But until that happens I’m gonna be out here till the last breath in my body fighting.”
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