COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As the summer approaches, criminal activity begins to rise. One Columbus mother who lost her son to summertime gun violence has a message for parents and youth. She wants parents to take a more active role in their child’s life this, especially during the summer.
Toy Byrdsong’s 21-year-old son, William, was shot and killed in May of 2010. She says, “It seems like yesterday or last week. I can see and remember everything, down to the phone call that woke me up.”
That phone call delivered her terrible news that would change her life forever. She had seen spoke with, and held her son for the last time. Byrdsong explains, “Never would have thought this. Never would have imagined this in a million years.”
Byrdsong has a clear message for parents this summer. She explains, “Talk to their children to let them know who to line themselves up with and who not to line themselves up with.”
She wants young people to take responsibility and stop taking fate into their own hands. “You end up shooting innocent bystanders, people that you don’t even know. It’s terrible and if they just lay their guns down,” she says.
William Byrdsong was killed six years ago this month. His mother’s life changed forever and the pain is still real. “It comes and goes, but you never forget about your child,” Toy Byrdsong adds.
William Byrdsong was shot at the afterhours club called Lollipop West. Police say his killer allegedly shot into the club and may have been inside the club earlier in the night. Byrdsong was an innocent bystander killed in summer violence.
Toy says, “I would never want my enemies to walk this thing because it is a life sentence. It never goes away.” Her quest to find her son’s killer continues as her family waits another day for justice. She adds, “I am pretty sure they are waiting on the day just as sure as I am for it to be breaking news saying that the homicide of 21-year-old William Byrdsong has been solved. His killer has been arrested.”
Toy Byrdsong wants to solve her son’s murder. If you have information on this crime, call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and you might be eligible for a reward. They can be reached at 614-461-TIPS.
Meanwhile, Columbus Police will continue its community safety initiative this summer. This will put extra officers on the streets during the summer months.What others are clicking on: