Mothers speak out on losing their children to violence

Four mothers spoke tonight telling their stories of losing their children to violence in the CSRA. They

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, July 13, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- It's been a long three years since Carolyn Bates had to say goodbye and lay her own son to rest.

"I was feeling the pain and agony," she said. "I miss my son and I'm just sad that somebody for whatever reason felt they had to take him from us."

And it's much harder for her when her son's murder is still unsolved.

With no one speaking up, the case hasn't moved forward.

"We know that there are people out there that know what happened," Bates said.

"How can you not know who killed somebody when you have other people present?" said one of the mothers at the rally.

It's the biggest question tonight as four mothers told stories of the children they lost.

"Tamia lost her father coming out a record studio, still no clue who did it," another mother said.

Every little bit of information matters for Jeremy Hembree who works with Crimestoppers.

"At each one of these incidents, somebody knows something," he said. "It might be that little piece of puzzle that law enforcement hasn't been able to locate yet."

But the biggest problem for law enforcement is that folks are not coming forward telling what they know or what they saw.

"You have information about somebody's loved one that was murdered and you're just sitting on it and you're not saying anything, that's just not right," Bates said.

Hembree knows that if people come forward, he'll be able to get the answers to help families cope.

"That's what bridges that gap and gets us over the hump to what we need to solve a case," he said.

And it brings Bates one step closer to knowing what happened to her son -- one step closer for her to get the closure she's searched for.

"It might not even lead to anything, but just the fact that somebody took the time to pick up the phone and make that tip, that says a whole lot right there," Bates said.

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