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Mother of Murdered Son Set to Speak at Day of Rememberance

On Easter Day, 16 years ago, Flossie Lee received the phone call no mother ever wants to answer. Since then, she's held a vigil in his honor every year.
On Easter Day, 16 years ago, Flossie Lee received the phone call no mother ever wants to answer. Since then, she's held a vigil in his honor every year. But it isn't just about her son. She invites other members of the community who have been touched by violence to take part as well.

 "Remember the ones who have been lost, but have not been forgotten," she said, with pictures of her son splayed out on the table.

Even after sixteen years, the loss Flossie Lee feels doesn't lessen.

"It's an emptiness there. It's one of your children," she said.

Her son, 21-year-old Keith Norfleet, was shot and killed by a woman on Easter Day in 1997, along with 68-year-old Arthur Shaw. The men had declined to give her a ride. The woman was later found to be legally insane.

"It's not easy. It's really not. Over the years it takes time to heal," Lee said.

Since 1997, police have continued to work violent crimes and the group of those touched by someone taking life into their own hands steadily grows.

"When tragedy happens -- it affects all of us," Lee said.

"Every time someone else is murdered you relive your event through them," Georgia Culclager added.

Culcager's sons were shot in 2009. One was killed, the other paralyzed.

"It's easy to get bogged down in your grief," Culclager said. "It's easy to feel alone."

Rallies and protests against violence have taken place in Pine Bluff before, but Saturday's "Day of Remembrance" is not about placing blame. Instead, Lee believes it's about finding a better way to live instead of die.

"It's okay to grieve, just don't get you have to keep moving on," Culclager added.

More than a decade after her son's death, Lee can only hope 16 years from now, the type of violence that stole her son will truly be in the past for Pine Bluff.

"In time, wounds will heal, but we have to get through this together," she said. "As a community, we have to do this. Because it affects all of us."

The Gun Violence Rally and Day of Remembrance kicks off at 11 a.m. on March 30, 2013 at Saracen Landing.


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