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Savannah mothers loses two sons to gun violence

Michelle Singleton Michelle Singleton
Larry Lee Larry Lee
Dontrell Dontrell

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email  

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A mother says gang violence claimed the life of two of her sons.

Michelle Singleton's 18-year-old was shot and killed early Sunday morning. Now a picture of her son Dontrell Singleton, taken just a few hours before he was killed, is one of her most cherished possessions.

"I know there's somebody out there who knows something," Michelle said. "I just beg for them to come forward because you don't understand what this does to a family."

Someone shot Dontrell near Frazier Homes on the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Henry Street. Michelle said Dontrell had just left a teen club down the street called Uptown. She said he got into a fight inside the club, a fight that continued outside.

"While they were running there were just a lot of bullets, people just shooting," Michelle said.

One of those bullets struck and killed Dontrell.

This is not the first time Michelle has lost a child to gun violence. Her oldest son Larry Lee was killed in the same neighborhood. He was shot on Montgomery and 34th Streets on December 29, 2007.

Savannah-Chatham police suspected a westside gang killed Lee. Michelle said gang members are also responsible for Dontrell's death because of what she calls a turf war.

"It's dumb, it's dumb, this is a free country, you should be able to go wherever you want to go. You shouldn't have to worry about getting killed if you cross Bull Street," she said. 

Michelle admitted her sons had a few brushes with the law, but said they didn't deserve this tragic fate. Now she's having a hard time trying to explain to her other three sons, why this had to happen to Lee and Dontrell.

"I really don't know what to tell them," she said. "I really just want to keep them all in the house."

And out of trouble. A grieving mother left with so many unanswered questions and a broken heart.

Police have yet to make arrests in either murder. If you have any information, call police or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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