South Phoenix mother hopes to bring community together after son's shooting

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by Kristine Harrington

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 6:20 PM

PHOENIX -- A shooting in south Phoenix left a man dead and a path of destruction.

Unfortunately violence in that area is all too common, but the victim's family is hoping to put a face on the shooting in order to end the bloodshed.

"Somebody has to say enough is enough is enough," said Rosalind Akins, the mother of 24-year-old Landan Stewart, who was shot and killed last month.

Police say a man in another car drove up alongside Stewart and opened fire. Stewart lost control of his car and crashed into the front yard of a south Phoenix home. 

In the back seat were his two baby girls, 2-years-old and 5-months-old. Neither was seriously injured but both were traumatized.  So was Stewart's mom when she heard the news. 

But now that grieving mom is channeling her grief into greatness and challenging others to do the same.

"Landan represents many south Phoenix tragedies, but Landan isn't a tragedy, he's going to be a triumph because we are going to become a community," said Akins. 

She says she is frustrated no arrest has been made and witnesses are reluctant to come forward.

"We have not done our part as a community to let them know we got you.  They have to know when they tell they've done something not only courageous but correct," said Akins.

Akins admits her son wasn't always perfect.

"My son has had gang connections in the past and that's what gets me, as soon as you try to transition your life it seems that's when, as they say on the street, payday comes," Akins stated.

Her message to her son's friends and family, "We have an opportunity to change the face of the nation not just our community because there is no loyalty on the streets that's why my son is in this box."

Akins is challenging her community to take steps to prevent the violence.

"We need to show up in our relationships, show up in our community, show up in life," she proclaimed.

A foundation has been launched in Landan's name.  It's called Project Landan;
L-ets
A-dvocate
N-avgate
D-edicate
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N-ew Life.

More information on the foundation can be found at www.roslind.thoughts.com

If you have any information regarding this crime or any others you are urged to call Phoenix Police or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377) http://www.silentwitness.org/

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