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Newport News mothers speak out against violence killing their children

Newport News mothers speak out against violence killing their children

NEWPORT NEWS — Collena Wells, who most call Miss Rita, carried a framed photo of her son Saturday as she marched through the Southeast Newport News neighborhood where she lives and he died. "It could be your child next," Wells cried, a crowd of more than 120 behind her echoed. "The children that are supposed to bury us, not us bury them." Wells organized a Million Mom March against Murder to raise awareness of the violence gripping the city and to bring the community together. So far this year, Newport News has logged 14 homicides — a fourth of the victims have been minors. Taiwo "Ty" Douglas-Wells, was 19 when he died, Wells said after the...

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