Five years later, remembering his name

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – September 21, 2016 is a date Vivian Carr will always remember. It was the day her son, Justin, was shot dead in Uptown Charlotte as riots over the gunshot death of Keith Lamont Scott turned violent.

Justin Carr died the next day, September 22.

“It’s the same five years that went by, but this morning when I woke up it was the same as the day it happened. The same pain I’ve learned to live with, ”said Vivian Carr.

As in years past, she hopes that Charlotte continues to remember her son.

“A lot of people have forgotten, some don’t even know it, Charlotte has forgotten, but it will be a day that I will never forget,” she said.

Vivian Carr had a plan on Wednesday and the weather wasn’t going to stop her. She, along with Lil ‘Justin – as she calls her grandson – visited Big Justin’s grave.

“It’s hard for a mother to give birth to a child, carry it for nine months and bring it into the world, then see it grow into a man and be taken away because of senseless violence, it really hurts “said Vivian Carr.

Lil ‘Justin never had the chance to meet his father. He was born a month after the murder of Justin Carr.

Despite everything, he understands how much he was loved.

“He’s the best dad and I love him so much,” he said.

As the sun moved away and the rain stopped for those few minutes, it seemed like someone above was watching.

“Do you know where your father is?

“He’s in the sky,” Lil ‘Justin replied.

“With who?” Vivian Carr asked.

“With God,” he replied.

For Vivan, five years later, she wants people to remember her son who she says stood up for what he believed in and pushed for change.

Now, with Charlotte’s recent crimes involving children, she’s hoping the community can come together.

“It’s sad because now I now have to worry not only about continuing to worry about my other two sons, but also my grandchildren,” she said. “We have to spread love, we have to help our young people, come together as a community, we are so divided. It’s not a competition, it’s a fight and we have to fight together.

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