'I'm not supposed to be burying my child:' Kent mother loses second child to shooting


KENT, Wash. -- For Patrice Thomas, the grief is unimaginable.

She has lost two children to gun violence. Their deaths were only six months apart.

"There's no words that I can describe what I'm going through right now," she said. "That's a mother's nightmare, worst nightmare. It really is. I'm not supposed to be burying my child. My child is supposed to be burying me years down the line."

On Wednesday night, her son Duane was shot and killed in Kent. He was only 19.

In July, her daughter Che'Reonna was shot while riding in a car in South Seattle. She later died.

She was shot during an exchange of gunfire with another car. The case is still under investigation.

The most recent tragedy to befall her came this week. Witnesses say about 12 young men were hanging out near the parking lot at Bryson Square Apartments.

The group started getting loud, and someone called police.

Police were own their way when shots were fired.

Thomas' son died at the scene. Two other people were hurt.

"These kids need to wake up. Everybody needs to wake up and teach your kids about guns. It's not cool. It's not safe," she said.

Now she prepares to bury her oldest son.

He leaves behind a son who will never know his dad.

"It has to stop, and I believe that it will stop."

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