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Rockford mothers remember the lives of their sons who were killed in a shooting

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — It has been more than two years since authorities say Raheem King killed Martavies Blake, Daijon Sistrunk, and his cousin Sean Anderson. Police say King shot and killed the men on a charter bus in April of 2018. Even after this painful experience, the mothers of the victims say now is the time to remember the good times with their sons.

"He was so loving. He really left a legacy of love," said Teva Moore, mother of Martavies Blake. "We traveled. It was just me and him for a lot of years so we traveled and he loved Chicago and even as an adult, he really did live his best life"

"Aw man, that was my baby man, that was my baby boy," said Lorie Cherry, mother of Dadjion Sistrunk and aunt of Sean Anders. "He just had this laid back, real cool, nonchalant demeanor like he just was this smooth, every time you would talk to him you would be like 'who are you'?!"

The mothers say they have spent the last two years trying to cope with the death of their sons. They say while they have healed, there is still a missing piece. They add that they have also been raising the kids their sons left behind. They say they are sad their grandchildren will grow up without their fathers.

"Everything he did was centered around his kids. He even gave up a full academic scholarship for them," said Cherry.

"My grandson is the light of our world and he is just so amazing I wish he was here. The one thing that I miss is my son's smile and he has that," said Moore.

The women have also created a bond with each other and stay in touch. While both mothers say they have forgiven King for what he allegedly did, they say they still want justice served. They also plan on working with black youth in Rockford to stop the cycle of violence.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is the 13 News weekend evening anchor. She started in April of 2019 after moving from Michigan, where she was a morning producer/traffic reporter.

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