Mom of 2013 homicide victim asks for help

Posted at 5:57 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 09:56:49-04

A mother is preparing to mark three years since her son was shot and killed in south Phoenix.

“All I can think about is how close I was to Landan,” his mother, Rosalind Akins, said.

Norris "Landan" Stewart was shot while driving his car near 24th Street and Broadway Road. His two children, ages two and five months at the time, were in the back seat and witnessed the murder. The older sister remembers the shooting.

“She began to stutter [after the shooting],” Akins said. “She has a lot of breakdown moments.”

Akins has been vocal in trying to find out who pulled the trigger and killed Landan.

"My heart is so broken for them as well as my loss because we both lose," she said. "When that person is identified, we all win because that person can get the help that they need."

Akins said she has forgiven the person responsible, but still wants them to come forward.

There is a major community crime prevention forum planned at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1375 E. Broadway Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28, the three-year anniversary of Stewart's death.

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