'Moms of Murdered Offspring' holds vigil to call for ending violence

Violence continues in the Queen City

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Another homicide in Charlotte brings the total to 37 in the first half of the year.

CMPD is still looking for the suspect who killed Lucas Baldwin, a 35-year-old man who was seen having a conflict with another man at Tanglewood apartments in north Charlotte.

The conflict ended with Baldwin dead and the apartment complex confused as to how a place that residents call "kid friendly" became a crime scene splattered in blood.

Ironically, just hours after the homicide, the non-profit organization "Mothers of Murdered Offspring" or M.O.M-O. held a candlelight vigil for families who had lost loved ones at the hands of someone else.

"You have someone murdered and you become a part of our family and we don't want any more members of our family," said Lisa Crawford, the administrator for M.O.M-O.

The group, which has served Charlotte since 1993, calls families who have lost someone close and offer support, prayer, and resources for mental health and conflict resolution.

"They have a voice and they can implement changes themselves," said Crawford.

Cora Hilliard is a walking example. She lost her son in a hit-and-run accident but found a purpose to help others.

Patrice Warren's brother, Jabari Stewart, was murdered on Stonefort Court on January 4th. Warren credits the organization for giving her family guidance.

"When we didn't have answers and didn't know what to do; it's been prayer and support. They've just been there," said Warren, who added that her brother's case remains unsolved.

"Please give any information, he deserves justice," Warren pleaded.

M.O.M-O. can't bring loved ones back but they are working to ensure that others aren't lost.
 

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