Parents reflect on murdered son

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POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 3:19pm

Rhonda Billoups spoke on how life has changed since her 17-year old son Darius Augustus was shot and killed on the levee in downtown Baton Rouge in October 2010.

"We miss him all the time," Billoups said. "Nothing anybody can do or say to minimize the pain. Because the hole is there. It won't heal."

Billoups and her husband Felton said they're fed up with the murders, they said they're fed up with seeing the lives of young black men coming to a violent end.

"To read the newspaper or see news and another crime," Billoups said, "somebody else's child, our heart goes out because we feel that. We re-live it all the time."

The violent crime in Baton Rouge may have taken away their only child. But his memory lives on through his family, and close friends.

Darius' close friends make it a point to still stop by, comforting his family and sharing memories of the one they lost.

"Often we sit and talk of something funny Darius said or did," Billoups said. "Re-live his memory. Makes us laugh. And laughter is good because it's good for the soul. At the same time, it doesn't stop the tears from flowing."

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