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Mother's Day Can be Painful for Some - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It is day to honor our mother's. Mother's Day is usually a time to celebrate, but for some women in Nashville it can be a painful reminder of what is missing.

The pews at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville are full of women, some of whom have a painful story to share. Talia Simmons lost her son, 17 year old Antwand Covington, two years ago. He was shot to death while attending a sweet 16 party in Antioch. "Even though my son is not physically here, being his mother never dies, so you know it is pretty rough," says Talia Simmons.

Semetta Gardner also lost a son. Stephen Milliken was shot on December 26, 2012. "I know he's in a better place, but I'm just waiting to get justice," says Gardner.

Both mother's describe the pain and sadness that comes with losing a child. They also share a frustration with the criminal justice system. One murder case is still in the courts, and the other has never been solved. "Just put yourself in my shoes for five minutes to feel what I feel, because I have to wake up without a child every morning," says Gardner.

Newly elected Juvenile Court Judge candidate Sheila Calloway spoke at the church. She wants to improve the relationship between the justice system and victims. "No matter how busy our days get, no matter how crowded our dockets are, we have to treat everyone as an individual when they are coming through the courtroom," says Calloway.

While some of these mother's have lost children, they also want to prevent other moms from having the same grief. "You don't want these people to run free and do these things again, and hurt somebody else," says Simmons.
      
The special Mother's Day church service was presented by "Partners in the Struggle," which fights against gun violence in the Nashville area.

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