Local mother to host event for families who have lost loved ones to violence

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A local mother is hosting an event Sunday to help families who have lost loved ones to violence in our community.

Laronda Townsend lost her son on June 1st, 2011.

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He was 17-years-old and was shot and killed in Chattanooga.

He son would have turned 24 this coming Monday.

Townsend says she started MASK – Mothers Against Senseless Killings – in hopes to support families experiencing a similar pain.



“I know the pain and like I said I’m here for any parent that lost a child. I’m here. We can get together, talk and just grieve,” she says.

MASK and the Citizens Safety Coalition are holding an event Sunday at the Tennessee River Park.

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