Support group helps grieving moms

The City of Charlotte could see 83 homicides in 2017 at the current violent crime rate.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It’s a mother’s worst nightmare.

Police showing up at your door to tell you that your child has died. It’s almost too much to grasp, but for too many Charlotte mothers, it’s a reality as the year’s homicide rate skyrockets.

Now those moms are remembering their children by helping other families through their darkest hour.

Elaine Price describes her son, Warren.

"He stayed in a good mood a lot, liked to joke a lot, everybody liked him."

The 24-year-old was stabbed and killed July 2013, outside the PNC Music Pavilion.

“It was something at the time that I didn't want to accept,” says Price.

Even now, it’s hard for her to talk about it.

"You don't expect for your child to leave before you. It can almost make you go crazy mentally and emotionally.”

Only those moms, who have lost children of their own can fully understand the grief that washes over you.

Price recalls, "they knocked on the door, and I was looking at their badges like why are they here?"

She has found relief through a CMPD support group.

She says, “You can talk and share your feelings. You can be more open with one another and have that compassion the other one needs."

Martine Highet is a victim support specialist. She trains moms and other family members how to help police approach other families suffering through similar tragedies.

Highet says, “They go out there with us. They are there. They are there to hold their hand, to call their pastor, to do whatever the family needs at that time.”

Price says, "We can relate cause we both lost children."
Now the program is expanding to help families who have lost a loved one in a traffic accident.

Highet says, “It really is a beautiful thing when you can see someone who has gone through such tragedy, losing their love ones so violently and unexpected weather by homicide or traffic fatality losing someone so unexpectedly and then to see them and be able to help them."

For Price, it’s one way she can keep the memory of her son alive.

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