Please read below as mother Jocelyn Meeks shares the pain of having lost her son to violence in Chicago:
My name is Jocelyn Meeks, I lost my oldest son, Deonte Demarco Womack, on Dec. 10, 2013, due to gun violence in Chicago. He had just made 21 on Dec. 5. My son was such a good son to me. Losing him was the worst thing in my life. He graduated from Horace Mann Elementary School and Hyde Park High School on June 11, 2011. He attended one year of college at NI University in Dekalb, Illinois. He came back home to continue his education at Harold Washington and he worked part time at the Montgomery Place taking care of the elderly. He loved his job and they loved him. He had compassion for people. He loved me, his brother and step-sister. He also had half sisters and brothers he was close to. … Deonte was always a respectful young man; he respected his elders his teachers and his parents. He made me so proud of him, especially when he graduated from high school with a 3.7 GPA.
What I am dealing with now is emptiness, and a broken heart. My life has forever changed. I will never, ever be the same again. My emotions are up and down. I am angry, hurt, confused disgusted … I try to go on because I have another son who needs me. It’s so hard because I think about my son everyday. He didn’t deserve this; no parent should have to bury their child, not this way. I love my son and he deserves to be here loving a family and married. I am so heartbroken.
My son was also a happy child from the time he was born until the day he was killed.