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Gizelle Holiman described her son, Quintrell Holiman, as a hard worker who would be up at 5 a.m. with a cup of coffee in hand, dancing, and ready to start his day, “He would always tell young men, ‘Don’t do as I do, do better than me,’” she said. “He was fun, and loving.”

In a tearful plea, she urged warring community members to put their guns down and think twice before acting violently.

“What I want is everybody, gang members, non-gang members to put your guns down. And before you put your arms up to shoot somebody, put your arms up and wrap them around somebody. Because if you guys kill somebody else, you’re making me hurt, so I’m begging, please don’t do this,” she said. “I don’t want somebody’s family to have to go through what I’m going through right now.”

Read the rest article over at the Portland Observer.