New Mexico families donate to Gun Violence Memorial Project
Alire’s son Devon Trey Hayborne, 22, was killed in April – allegedly by a man who was believed to be under house arrest and wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
Alire discovered the Gun Violence Memorial Project in Washington, DC. It is a memorial made up of glass houses, with 700 light bricks in each house. The bricks represent the average number of people lost to gun violence each week. Emily Ebersol is part of the project.
“Look, we need a space for the victims of gun violence in this country. We need a space where families can go to heal themselves, and a space where we don’t talk about statistics anymore, we are talking about the stories and the human lives behind the people who have been abducted, ”said Ebersol.
Ebersol was in Albuquerque to meet Alire and so many other mothers. Each mother brought small items belonging to their sons – all of whom were killed by gun violence – which will be installed at the Washington DC Memorial.
“For me, I bring a small car, a Honda CRV, my son dived in a Honda CRV, a mini basketball because basketball was his life and a plane because he was almost done with his pilot’s license. “said Alire.
Alicia Otero’s son Elias Otero was murdered in February.
“I am the voice of my son and I just think I will never forget him, and it is an honor to do this for him and it is good for families,” Otero said.
Otero wants his son’s legacy to be remembered with everything he loved.
“He collected Jordans, he loved shoes. I had a pair of Jordans for him because it was his passion and his love. He always saw himself as a king, so I have cards to reflect that. He has been a player all his life. I remember buying him his very first Xbox. It was his passion, so I brought his Xbox controller, ”Otero said.
For Rogelle and Rebecca Price, they are still looking for answers to the murder of Trevonte Robbins. He was their cousin.
“Right now we are looking for justice for him, for his killers to be arrested and I feel like there is so much gun violence going on right now, that I am happy that this is brought to light. and that people can express how wrong they are. this is and what families experience when they are affected by gun violence, ”Rogelle said.
After Trevonte’s Brick is installed, the family plans to travel to Washington, DC to see it.
“He was a huge sports fanatic, so his YAFL jersey,” Robbins said behind Highland’s back. His Oklahoma Thunder was his favorite team and his sister graduated from high school in May, so we have this proud brother of a 2021 graduate, ”Rogelle said.
Dozens of New Mexico families donated artifacts to the Gun Violence Memorial Project this weekend. The transparent bricks honoring lost New Mexicans are expected to be on display in late January or early February.