Barbara Marshall has been on a mission since losing her 24-year-old son Kevin four years ago. She says, "I don't ever want anybody to feel what I felt when I was told that Saturday morning my son was gunned down."
Marshall says her son was shot in 2009 while at a party at Lake Conroe. She says he got into an argument with 20-year-old Francois Centers. According to prosecutors, Centers pulled a gun and changed lives forever. He's now serving 30 years in prison.
"What young people don't understand is when they do things like this they not only impacting the victim's family they're impact their family," says Marshall.
That's why Barbara has been on a crusade using the organization she created for her late son Kevin. It's the Marshall Foundation. With it she wants to do two things: Changing the mindset of young people who get so angry they go for a gun and stronger laws to limit who gets a firearm.
Marshall says, "making sure when you sell a gun to someone that they're going to use it for their personal safety and they're psychologically sound."
Marshall's simple request is something that can't seem to get through Congress in a nation where the gun debate is at the forefront. But as a mother...for now she's more concerned about what she can do in her own backyard.
"If I can do anything to turn someone else away from the violence that may be in front of them that's what I want to do," said Marshall. She will be attempting to reach young people in the community on Saturday, April 20 with a conference, march and rally at 9:30 a.m. The program begins at True Light Baptist Church on 7102 North Main Street.