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Norfolk community activist speaks about his son’s murder

Norfolk community activist speaks about his son’s murder
Norfolk community activist speaks about his son’s murder

NORFOLK, Va. — Saturday, June 29, marks the 1st anniversary of the death of 33-year-old Ali Muhammadst Bay Street in Norfolk.

He was the son of community activist Bilal Muhammad, who organizes local events and speaks out against gun violence.

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“It was so hard because our son worked with us in the community at Stop the Violence,” Muhammad said.

The father was on the phone with his son when an argument broke out and someone shot Ali. Bilal says his son just wanted to leave to work and support his family, including his three young daughters.

Now Bilal and his wife Cynthia are helping to raise their granddaughters.

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“Our son Ali always said to me, ‘Dad, always take care of my girls in the future in case anything happens.’ And we said, ‘Yes, of course.’ Without hesitation.”

He added: “We spend a lot of time with his girls because we want them to grow up with the same passion, the same love and the same desire.”

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Muhammad said caring for the family is like a form of therapy for him. He also said that although it is hard to talk about his son’s death, he will continue to be involved in the community, especially helping other parents who have lost a child.

“We must continue to reach out to other families. We must not stop.”

Jalen Garces, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ali Muhammad. The jury trial in that case is scheduled to begin on October 22.

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