The survivors of crime victims spoke out Thursday in Stockton, coming together to tell their stories and honor their loved ones.
Brandon Leake spoke to the crowd gathered at Stockton’s Civic Auditorium.
“And I don’t want to see another mother crying after the loss of her son by a gang member,” he said.
Other crime survivors, like Jessica Sewell can relate to that only too well.
She lost her son the day before his 18th birthday, shot and killed in broad daylight for a pair of Michael Jordan sneakers he was wearing…a crime still unsolved.
“Having his murder still unsolved is devastating and something I bear with every day, so I am here to be my son’s voice,” she said.
Anna Cho Fenley is the Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice which sponsored the event.
She says hundreds of survivors will march and rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday to effect change and not just by putting more people behind bars.
“We’re looking for more prevention, more rehabilitation, and more access for trauma recovery services," says Fenley. "This would be over more incarceration and prisons.”