Moms bond over Facebook group honoring homicide victims' families
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It all began with a Facebook group called Murder in Montgomery that was created to connect families whose loved ones were murdered in the Capital City.
On Saturday afternoon, the founder of the group held a prayer vigil for all homicide victims in Montgomery.
"We have gone through a tragedy, and we're trying to move past it and now we've found support through each other to try to move past it. So, Jay was a hard loss as well as these other families who are suffering the same loss and we just want to move past it and kind of just build off each other," Furlesia Bell said.
Bell created Murder in Montgomery after her brother, Charlie "Jay" McCord was murdered in 2014. It's a story you might remember. Three years ago, "Jay," a father of eight, was murdered in his Montgomery barbershop.
"I just got frustrated with hearing of all of the killings and stuff and just knowing that other families are going through the same thing, so just wanted to kind of band together with them instead of focusing so much on Jay and going through the depression of it all and everything," said Bell. "Just kind of get strength from everybody else, because I needed strength and they strengthened me as well as I strengthen them, so like you said, it's a community."
Murder in Montgomery has brought together numerous families across Montgomery, like Geraldine Cushenberry and Patrece Esther. Their sons passed back in April in what police say was a shootout between the two.
"I guess everybody's going to say that, 'They're the two moms together,' like you know but you know we're older, we understand. You know they get caught up and things happen. You know everything happens for a reason," said Cushenberry. Her son, Christopher, was 25-years-old, and had a son of his own.
Both Cushenberry and Esther still have questions about their sons' deaths.
"Where my son got shot, there wasn't no way that her son shot my son. How her son got shot inside a car, there wasn't no way my son shot her son," Esther said. Her son, Lorenzo Esther, was only 19-years-old.
One day they hope to get answers to all of their questions, but until then, they have memories to keep them going, and a community of families going through the same thing, thanks to Facebook.
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