Mother copes with son’s killing by hosting holiday party for others who’ve lost loved ones

Her 27-year-old son, Antonio “Tony” Wilson, was shot on the street after leaving a shopping center in South Los Angeles in November 2017. Williams spent that Thanksgiving by his bedside, praying for his survival. By Christmas, he was dead, leaving his mother to question her faith in God. Since her son’s death, Williams has become involved in anti-gun violence efforts and has found solace in the community of others who are grieving. On Saturday afternoon, Williams joined activist organizations Moms Demand Action and the Movement of Mourning Mothers Assn. in throwing a holiday party at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station for children who have lost a parent or another loved one to violence. It’s her way of coping. “I know it’s difficult,” Williams said of victims’ families struggling through the holidays. “It’s difficult for me.” Dozens of children gathered in the station’s courtyard to decorate ornaments and assemble paper reindeer while listening to Christmas music. Families posed for Polaroid photos against a snowy backdrop while some of the kids played tag. Keisha Evans brought her two sons, ages 10 and 14. Their father, Calvin Williams, was standing in an a...

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