Updated: 09/26/2013 6:14 PM
Created: 09/26/2013 1:27 PM WHEC.com
Trade in a gun and get a gift card. That's what will happen Saturday at the Southwest Gun Buyback on Arnett Boulevard.
News10NBC is sharing the stories of people impacted by violence in the city.
Janet Haynes will never forget January 3, 2007. Her doorbell rang at 4:00 a.m. Her husband got out of bed to answer it, expecting it might be their son, Lamar Brown.
Allen Haynes said, “I open the door. There were two detectives and I knew right then and there.”
Janet Haynes said, “Lamar was my only child. They let me know they found his body on Thurston Avenue and that was one of the most devastating things in my life.”
Twenty-five-year-old Lamar Brown had been gunned down, shot in the back on Thurston Road. His family says he was walking home at the time and was just blocks away from his house. Investigators have told the family it was a case of mistaken identity. To this day, no arrests have been made.
Allen said, “Your only child, gone for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That pain never stops. Every day, it comes up. You can ride down a certain street like Thurston, it took a year for me to even go down that street. I would veer away.”
The Haynes don't want another family to go through the same thing. But Allen says the mentality on the streets is all wrong.
Allen said, “They got a gun, so you better get a gun. It's going to be me or you. It's sad because they forgetting that there's life beyond where they're at.”
Janet said, “I just wish they would think before they would even get those guns in their possession, knowing that it ruins lives.”
Janet and Allen Haynes say even if just one gun is taken off the streets during Saturday's gun buyback, that's one family that won't have to go through what they did.
The Southwest Gun Buyback is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m at 342 Arnett Boulevard. Debit and gift cards will be exchanged for a gun. No questions will be asked.