LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It's been six months since one of Louisville's youngest homicide victims lost his life. Dequante Hobbs Junior was sitting at his kitchen table when a stray bullet hit him.
Since his death, his mother has made it her mission to carry on her son's legacy. She continued that calling Thursday morning with a special stop at the Chestnut Street YMCA.
Losing a loved one can be so complicated. It can leave you feeling so empty but also so full of every emotion. Michesha Norment is no stranger to this phenomenon.
"Any mother that knows what it's like to lose a kid understands it's not going to go away. It's hard,” Norment said.
Her life changed forever on that May night. The love of her life lost his from a bullet that never should've come near him. It'd be so easy and understandable to be bitter, but that's not the road she's driven down in the days and months since her son's death. Instead, she’s chosen to use her heartache to help others.
"Reading books to the children today because that's what I do with my kids every time I was putting them to sleep,” Norment said.
Norment believes stopping the city’s violence starts with simple and small steps like reading, getting kids addicted to positive activities.
"Reading a book doesn't make you less cool. It makes you even cooler if you read a book and get an education,” Norment said.
Using Dequante's favorite story reminds her of the good times.
"Sometimes when I read a Paw Patrol book, you can get a good laugh out of it. Those dogs are hilarious,” Norment said.
It helps her heal by bringing back the many happy memories she still holds dear. A book can't cure everything. It can't pull away all of the pain, but page by page, it can make a difference to both the reader and those willing to listen.