'Mothers Against Murder' aims to be a safe haven for families of violent crimes
In 2017, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 39,773 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S. this is according to a report conducted by the CDC.
After having lost her son to gun violence, Linda Anderson has decided to start an organization to provide support, comfort, and a safe haven for families of murder victims.
"Every time I hear about a murder it makes me relive this with my own child," said Anderson. "You know can you imagine having somebody come to you and telling you that your child has been shot and then you get to the hospital and he is gone. "
Anderson's son Mark was shot and killed in December of 2012. Two men broke into his friend's home, where he was caught in the gunfire. For the last six years, Anderson had thought about starting up 'Mothers Against Murder', and has finally decided to make it a reality.
This organization serves as a safe haven, providing counseling and support for not only mothers of violent crimes, but for the whole family. It's goal is to guide them through the grieving process and educate youth about the growing issue of violent crimes.
Anderson believes starting 'Mothers Against Murder' is her calling in life.
"I feel like if we all come together towards the same purpose we can form this group just like, Mothers Against Drunk Driving," said Anderson. "It only took one woman to get it started and look at it now."
'Mothers Against Murder' meet the second Tuesday of every month at the Church of the Living God, for more information you can call or text (806) 789-5857.