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AL Gun Deaths Rank: Mother of Slain Victim Speaks

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama is near the top of a ranking of states when it comes to the number of gun deaths per capita, exceeding the national rate in the violence policy center's survey.

A Montgomery mother understands the problem all too well.

"That was the last time I saw him alive," Montgomery resident Martha Moncrief said.

Moncrief says her son Cedrick Freeman was gunned down in his home in 2002.

"I remember just screaming and hollering trying to get him up," Moncrief said.

This is crime scene video from March 29th of that year, a day Moncrief still vividly remembers.

"He was lying on the floor, face down, head to the side and I just lost it," Moncrief said.

Freeman was 24 at the time and nine years later, this mother still doesn't know who killed her son.

"Whoever took my son's life will find salvation," Moncrief said.

Moncrief says she's surprised Alabama is ranked 4th in the nation per capita for gun deaths. But says the focus should be on how young people are getting the guns.

"How are all these guns put out for them? the pawn shop have laws, the gun shop have laws, you got to be a certain age, you have to have certain credentials to purchase, so where are they coming from?" Moncrief questioned.

The study revealed Alabama had lax gun laws and higher gun ownership rates. In fact, more than 57 percent of Alabama households have a gun.

"So many of our young people, right here in this area; senseless, crazy deaths because the guns were in the wrong hands," Moncrief said.

Moncrief says enough is a enough, stop the violence before the ranking increases and another mother ends up without a son.

The study was taken from gun deaths statistics in 2008. Alabama had 17.53 gun deaths for every 100 thousand people.

Experts say the majority of gun-related deaths in the U.S. Are suicides followed by homicides.

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