It's been 10 years since Stevie Moore's 23-year-old son Prentice Moore was gunned down after a club fight; Moore says Prentice was shot and killed in the head by an AK-47 assault rifle.
Now Moore is fighting to end violence among Memphis youth.
"I don't want to give up this fight," Moore says, "I can't bring my son back but my mission is to keep on trying to save some other person's child, grandchild, cousin, niece or somewhere because the child shouldn't go before the parent."
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Since his son died, Moore established Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives (F.F.U.N.) to help find alternative and positive programs to keep kids away from violence. On Friday, both the Memphis City and Shelby County Mayors issued a proclamation supporting Moore's efforts.
Government officials mirrored Moore's message that the community needs to stop playing the blame game and start taking responsibility for our youth.
"Adults, men, black men: Let's stand up. This is our community. We got to help law enforcement, not blame law enforcement," says Moore, "We can turn this thing around; I'm convinced that we can. Those young people will listen to it but we got to go out there and talk to them."
Congressman Steve Cohen spoke Friday as well, saying he is doing what he can federally, but adds that it takes individuals and groups F.F.U.N. to make an impact.
F.F.U.N. will host a "Live in Peace" conference beginning June 3 with a symposium at 5:30 p.m. about youth violence intervention methods at the Bickford Community Center (233 Henry). Other events are as follows:
-June 5, 5:30 p.m.: Forum on crime at St. John's Episcopal Church (3245 Church Central Avenue)
-June 6, 11 a.m.: Promoting peace and painting a mural of the art contest winner on the wall F.F.U.N. Stop the Killing headquarters (672 Marshall Avenue)
-June 7, 6 p.m.: Live in Peace Choir Concert (location to be announced)
-June 8, 11 a.m.: Live in Peace Impact Rally at the Convention Center in Downtown Memphis