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A mother's pain: Highland Park's Mama Shu opens up about losing two sons

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 17:57:43-05

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — It’s hard to hear the pain and sorrow that lives inside Mama Shu, the mother of Highland Park, the person who didn’t just say it takes a village to raise a child or children, she built it.

The Avalon Village is a safe place for young minds to soar, uncover their potential, and explore possibilities.

But four weeks ago today, what Mama Shu could not imagine was possible became a startling and breathtaking reality. Her son, 23-year-old Chinyelu Humphrey, was shot and killed. He was gunned down while protecting and securing the village and his mom.

Humphrey’s killer or killers got away. Police are investigating.

“It is hard just to see that, to see his shrine there. What makes me feel the emptiest is both of my sons are gone. I lost my sons to the streets, literally,” says Shu sadly.

Many years ago her youngest son was killed in a hit a run. Now, that pain has invaded her heart again.

“My son, 23-years-old, life just got taken from me on sacred grounds. There was not killing over here. There was not fighting over here. We didn’t do any of those kinds of things over here,” says Shu boldly.

She and the Avalon Village Community worked tirelessly to keep the village free of the criminal elements.

But Mama Shu, with a broken heart, is still hard at work and even more committed than ever to secure this sacred ground and complete the mission she created for the people of Highland Park and her family.

If you would like to help Mama Shu increase security at Avalon Village, they are looking for volunteers, fencing companies, and carpenters as well.

Please visit the Go Fund Me Page