Mothers march in community where man was killed

Posted at 11:14 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 23:34:47-04

CINCINNATI -- Dozens of women pounded the pavement in Pendleton on Friday, hoping to make this message clear: Senseless violence must end.

Pendleton is the Cincinnati neighborhood where Richard Hudgies, 31, lost his life earlier this week. He was shot dead in the hallway of an apartment building.

Mothers Against Gun Violence came to Pendleton to to bring attention to cases like Hudgies'. And for most of them, the cause is more than personal.

Hudgies was Sharon Lamb's cousin; three years ago, she lost her son.

"It's going to hurt," she said. "You're going to cry. You're going to cry at the drop of a dime -- you're going to cry at their favorite color, you're going to cry at their favorite picture. But some of them I've told just hug yourself. Hug yourself, and believe that's your child hugging you."

Tonya Golden lost a family member to violence, too: Her husband was killed in March.

"It feels good to come out and just basically sit with other people that has experienced the same thing that I experienced so that we can support each other," she said.

Friday's march was the second the group has held this week; they also brought attention to the problem of gun violence Tuesday.

Anyone with information about Hudgies' death or any other unsolved homicide can call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.