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Mother Sows Idea of Memorial Garden to Honor Son Lost to Gunfire

Updated: Monday, July 28 2014, 07:50 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Steve Levine/Sean Rowe) -- A Reynoldsburg woman who lost her son to senseless violence is finding new life in her vision of turning the vacant home where her son died into a public memorial garden.

Isaiah Lewis, died on his seventh birthday, when his cousin accidentally shot him while playing with an AK-47.  

"If you have not experienced losing a child, especially to violence, you have no idea what I feel or what I am going through," said Diane Lewis, whose son, Isaiah, was shot to death. It happened seven years ago this week.

Isaiah was shot while he was playing with a seven-year-old cousin in a family member's home in East Columbus.  Another cousin was tasked with babysitting the boys; but, instead, left the home without telling anyone.

Now, Diane Lewis says she wants the vacant home – now overrun by weeds -- to be torn down. Its demolition would make way for the creation of a memorial garden for victims of violence.

"I don't think I am asking for much. It would make my life complete," she says.

Lewis says she would like to build a community vegetable garden, including benches where people can spend time remembering their loved who lost their lives to crime.
Mother Sows Idea of Memorial Garden to Honor Son Lost to Gunfire
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