Bobbie Woods stood on the corner of William and Wayne streets praying for a 20-year-old murder victim she never knew.
But Darry Weathers may as well have been Woods son, Terrill.
“Every time a child is lost,” Woods said, “is like reliving my own.”
Thursday afternoon, Woods joined with members of the On-Site Prayer Ministry in a vigil across the street from the apartment building where Weathers was stabbed to death during a fight on April 27.
Charles White, 34, of the 200 block of William Street, is charged with murder in connection with Weathers’ slaying.
“It’s so sad,” said Vernardo Malone Sr. He and Weathers’ 19-year-old childhood pal Leroy Humbles were the slaying victim’s only family friends who turned out for the prayer vigil.
“Even when he was young he was lovable,” Malone said of Weathers. “Every day, I just stay in prayer.”
Woods has remained in prayer ever since that day in February 2003 when she learned her 28-year-old son, Terrill Woods, was shot at the Burger King in downtown South Bend.
He died that night, Woods recalled.
“Now, whenever somebody is murdered, I relive it,” Woods said.
Too many people in the community must relive their own pain of losing a loved one to murder, which is why Woods launched the group Mamas Against Violence soon after her son’s death in 2003.
The grass-roots not-for-profit group, which meets every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Colfax Cultural Center, is planning a march May 21 in remembrance of our fallen angels and those harmed by a senseless act of violence.
The walk is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Christian Kingdom Center at the corner of Elwood and Johnson streets, then proceed to the Martin Luther King Center and Linden and Adams streets.
Marchers are urged to wear a T-shirt or carry a poster showing their loved one’s photo.
“We want to offer support to mothers,” said Woods.
For more information on the march, call 574-850-9230.
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