Parents wait for updates in recent city shootings, killings

BALTIMORE - "I cry everyday," said Daphne Alston, who lost her son Tariq in 2008.

Six years have passed, but for Alston, it still feels like yesterday.

"When it first happens everybody is all up in balls, 'We not going to let this happen...' And this and that, and then, it's nothing. It's absolutely nothing and it goes away," Alston said.

Her son, 22-year-old Tariq Alston, was shot and killed at a party in 2008. She says her family is still left without answers.

"I would love to see one case get solved and put it on TV and let the public at least say they're doing something. None of us can't say we've seen this," said Alston.

Alston teamed up with Mildred Samy, another mother grieving the loss of her son, and formed a support group: Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters of Maryland.

But with a dozen juveniles killed in Baltimore city so far this year, the duo says the killings won't stop until changes are made.

"It just goes away," Alston said. "Until the next one. And we change our wardrobe and we go to the next young person's funeral. Then we go to the store and buy another t-shirt. You know? Half of us got a wardrobe full of shirts with young men and women who have died on the street. We don't do anything to keep them alive. Nothing."

Alston says all of the mothers in the support group are upset with how police have handled their case. She says the mother of 20-year-old Devin Cook, a lacrosse player who was shot and killed in July, is no exception. Alston says she's still waiting for an update.

"She said, 'Ms. Daphne, I'm just going to tell you-- Devin got murdered. They found him Thursday. He dropped some friends off from lacrosse practice.' Mad as I don't know what, I am. Because I knew then that Rhonda wasn't going to get a story. Rhonda would not hear what happened to Devin," said Alston.

Samy's son's killer is in jail. She says even with the shooter behind bars, the family doesn't have much closure.

"I want to go to the jail and ask him... how you can make up your mind to kill someone? How can you do that? I know I'll probably never get the answer but I want to go and confront him about killing my son." Said Samy.

Alston says it's time for the community to pay attention, build relationships with the police department, and work together to get every victim the justice deserved.

"Aren't we all regular, normal people? Does our title define whether we get justice or not in this country? It's ludicrous to me and it's unacceptable," Alston said.

The Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters group meets with the Baltimore city Police Commissioner once a month and plan to meet with the mayor in September.

Both Alston and Samy are also on the city's Cease fire team.

Yesterday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said they have one person in custody in the case of McKenzie Elliott, but they believe more than one person is involved. Police told me they did not have any updates on the case or the death of 20-year-old Devin Cook. They declined an on camera interview.


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