Devin Meyers’ life counted for more than his family

Devin Meyers’ life mattered. It mattered to his family, who loved him deeply. It mattered to his basketball family at Huntington High School, and it mattered to the city of Shreveport. His death broke the collective hearts of all of us who mourn every time a young life is senselessly snuffed out.

Devin Meyers’ death was truly a senseless murder that stunned the town. Many in Shreveport shed tears for Devin, including this writer. He is still fresh in all of our minds, and in the minds of his family, especially his mother Tasha Meyers. She joins a long list of mothers, who have experienced the pain and sadness that too many black mothers experience on a daily basis.

Devin was more than just a murder statistic in the ongoing tragedy of black-on-black genocide by homicide. Parents are not supposed to bury their children, but that is precisely what is happening in urban communities large and small across the country. There seems to be no end to what has become an epidemic of black-to-black violence and death that has everyone searching for answers.

If Shreveport were a big city the size of Dallas or New Orleans, it would be one of the deadliest cities in America. It’s not a statistic to be proud of, but it’s a sad reality that plays out every day in communities large and small. Finding a solution starts with recognizing that there are too many young men, especially young black men, who are angry and rudderless. Many of them don’t even know why they are angry, but they are angry and have no outlet for that anger.

Devin Meyers was not one of those angry young men. He was quite the opposite. His coaches described him as a “handsome young man, going somewhere”. He wanted to live like everyone wants to live. His life had value. His life had meaning, and now he’s gone.

The absurdity of his murder is still incomprehensible to his family and to law enforcement. He was a special young man, who had dreams like all the other young men who died of senseless gun violence in Shreveport and other towns.

It’s been almost six weeks since Devin was murdered by another teenager, whose reckless act broke a town’s collective heart. The whole town of Shreveport mourned Devin and his family. His life was important to many people who had met him in his young life, and he will not soon be forgotten by his friends and family.

Devin was the thirteenth murder victim in Shreveport this year, and nearly all of the victims and perpetrators were young black men. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in today. In America, the most murdered demographic is young black men, who are murdered almost exclusively by other young black men.

There are no white men who arbitrarily kill black people on a daily basis. There are no Hispanics who arbitrarily kill young black men on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s a black thing. It is just the fact, and it cannot and should not be disputed. He needs to be treated honestly by black people, some of whom try to blame him on everything but what it is — a broken family structure, too many guns, no discipline, desperation and a misplaced anger that leads to violence.

Devin’s grandmother, Mrs Brenda Meyers, said he was ‘loved in the community. Devin was not a problem child; he was a good child. He didn’t bother anyone and he wasn’t part of any gang. She said his untimely death “shed light on a larger issue of violence at hand. We’ve been here for over 15 years. We’ve never had issues like this,” she said. declared.

Ms Meyers is another heartbroken loved one in a sea of ​​parents who have had to arrange a child’s funeral. Yes, Devin was still a child, and he was murdered by a child. Seventeen and eighteen year old boys who have everything to live for, and now one of them is dead and the other might as well be dead, because he will and should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Last weekend, the Friends of Devin Meyers, a non-profit organization started by his mother, Tasha Meyers, celebrated his life. It was a bittersweet event for Ms. Meyers, who was committed to finding solutions to violence. She and her family went through a tough time during this time, but they persevered. The nonprofit Friends of Devin Meyers hopes to make a difference in the fight against violence.

“Whatever I can do with these children, I try to be there for them. Whatever I can do to help these kids, I try to be there for them with hygiene, clothes, whatever, talking, giving advice. Anything I can do,” Ms Meyers said.

Unfortunately, the country has grown accustomed to the daily number of young black men being murdered by other young black men. People have become numb to the carnage we all see on our TV screens every day. Devin Meyers’ life mattered and his death broke all of our collective hearts. His memory lives on in the hearts and minds of his family and friends. Rest in peace Devin. And this is my point of view. [email protected]

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