Mother Of Slain Teen Sending Message To Local Youth
CHARLOTTE, NC- A local mother doesn't want her son’s death to be in vain.
Police say 17-year-old John Kempson Junior was shot last month during an argument at a party. For the first time, his mother is talking to local kids about steering clear of violence.
Tessima Guy fought back tears Saturday as she tried explaining to a group of young kids why her son isn't here anymore.
"Right now, it's hard because it's still so fresh, but I'm still here for whoever I can help," said Guy.
She spoke to kids and teens of A Brighter Day Ministries about her son's life and choices before getting killed. Some of the kids were as young as five, but Guy says with so much violence in the community... the sooner they learn how to stay out of trouble, the better.
"I honestly don't believe that bullet was meant for my son. I think it was for the person that he was fighting that he was trying to help. But the bullet doesn't have eyes. He got the bullet instead of his friend," said Guy.
The message she's sending to kids is to choose their friends wisely.
“If they’re not positive. f they're not trying to make something of themselves, then don't do it. Don't do it. Be a leader," said Guy
The founder of A Brighter Day Ministries hope Guy's message and the organizations monthly events will help kids in their West Charlotte communities.
"I see them getting in trouble a lot and I just want to make sure they have a venue that they can come and focus and have another resource to turn to," said Beverly Davis, founder of A Brighter Day Ministries.
John Kempson Junior was a Vance High School student.
Although it was determined that he was not in a gang, his death prompted gang threats which led to increased security at five CMS schools.