Stockton Mothers Ask the Community to ‘Break the Silence’

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STOCKTON -- Unsolved homicides in Stockton mean there are many mothers without closure of who killed their child.

That's where Stockton Angel Mothers lends a hand. The organization helps families deal with tragedy and gives women a group who knows exactly what they're going through.

Women who have lost loved ones to violent crimes and other causes are united. Many are moms who hope to find out who is responsible for their child's death.

"We need to know something we need to break the silence," said Sherie Tyson whose son was killed in Stockton.

Break The Silence is the name of Saturday's event put on by the organization. Each event is dedicated to a lost life. Crowds on Saturday remembered Cedric Purify who was shot and killed in Stockton last October.

The goal is to encourage people to come forward with information to solve these homicides.

"If you see something, say something. If you witness a crime taking place you need to speak up," said Jessica Sewell who also lost a son to gun violence.

The group isn't alone. City officials, the police department and investigators showed their support.

"We still need to bring those responsible to justice," said Stockton City Council candidate Sam Fant.