After her son is shot and killed, the Pittsburgh mom strikes to develop into a beacon of change locally – CBS Pittsburgh
BROOKLINE (KDKA) – Tomorrow, Brookline is hosting a community event calling for an end to violence and seeking answers.
It’s been two months since a 15-year-old boy was killed after being shot 23 times. Now his mother speaks up and tries to be a beacon of change in the community.
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15-year-old Christian Redinger was shot and killed 23 times in June. His mother Jessica Hays says she is still waiting for justice.
“Still no justice has been done,” said Jessica Hays. “Nobody was arrested. They have cameras, they have cars, they have so much evidence and I just don’t understand why these kids are still roaming the streets. “
But in the meantime, she’s trying to forge a new journey for the youth in her community.
“These children have come together and have teamed up, not just for me, but for everyone and for Christian,” she said. “I think it’s a nice thing. It should be heard, seen and shouted from the roofs. “
She helped organize an event that brings everyone together and allows people to smile like Christian would have done.
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There will be food, games and handicrafts and Police Zone 6 will also be there to build community relationships.
She hopes to find more answers.
“Not only that, these teenagers are starting to act themselves out. You have no voice. They have no way of saying, ‘Hey, my boyfriend didn’t do it justice, what’s wrong’ and I think they really need to be heard, ”Hays said.
She says her son was wrongly murdered, but his smile will live on in her memories forever.
She hopes community events like the one she hosts will help put an end to senseless violence.
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Tomorrow’s event will be at 6pm here at the Tree of Life Open Bible Church