Afeni Shakur, Voletta Wallace and famous mothers whose sons were murdered by gunfire

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Wanda Johnson, Oakland, Calif. – Johnson, a UPS worker in the Bay Area, is still racked with guilt to this day because she told her son to ride the San Francisco’s subway system, BART, on New Year’s Day instead of drinking and driving. He never made it home. A fight erupted on BART and he was rousted from the train, handcuffed behind his back and was laying in the prone position on his stomach when a BART police officer inexplicably shot him in the back. He died from the injuries, riots erupted and the tragic episode was eventually made into a movie, Fruitvale Station, that won awards at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for national distribution. 

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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