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Balloon release at Kansas City Mothers in Charge honors murdered children

In remembrance of children lost to homicide, members of Kansas City Mothers in Charge released balloons Thursday outside their offices at 1734 E. 63rd St. in Kansas City. The group’s mission is to “reduce crime through violence prevention, education and intervention, as well as guide and support the families of victims.”
In remembrance of children lost to homicide, members of Kansas City Mothers in Charge released balloons Thursday outside their offices at 1734 E. 63rd St. in Kansas City. The group’s mission is to “reduce crime through violence prevention, education and intervention, as well as guide and support the families of victims.” The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Mothers in Charge observed its one year anniversary Thursday by releasing balloons in memory of lost children outside the organization’s headquarters on East 63rd Street.

The chapter includes Kansas City area women whose children have been murdered.

“It’s not a sisterhood I asked to be a part of,” said Dewanna O’Guinn, whose 20-year-old son, Ashton O’Guinn, was killed in April 2012.

The chapter’s members support police and families affected by violence and educate the community on ways to reduce crime, said chapter president Rosilyn Temple.

“We are tired of burying our children,” Temple said.

Area members plan to attend a June rally of the parent organization in Washington, D.C. To help meet travel expenses, they have scheduled a March 21 pancake breakfast fundraiser at Come Up Higher International Ministries, 6040 Troost Ave. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge, is expected to attend.

For more information, go to www.kcmothersincharge.org.

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