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Mother Whose Son Was Shot and Killed Welcomes Mayor's New Initiative

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Brooklyn's 67th Precinct is one of the areas that stands to benefit from the mayor's initiative. NY1's Michael Herzenberg spoke with a mother who welcomed the news as she continues to mourn the recent shooting death of her son.

Gillian Moore struggles without her youngest child.

"His name, Michael Ori Moore, was given to me in a dream," she said.

A few months ago, someone shot and killed the 16-year-old over a cellphone outside their home.

"It's a horrific feeling I can't really explain, and I'm just very sad." she said. "I lost my son."

She said Michael Moore was energetic and that he wanted to graduate high school and make something of himself.

Police have made no arrests and say they have no suspects.

"It's scary for me, scary for my family, and it's even scary for the community, New York,"

Pastor Gilford Monrose is trying to support Moore and have her help him battle gun violence. He's president of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council tries to preach alternatives to violence at funerals where youths have died from violence.

"We have a perfect audience when you have 300, 400 young children coming into our churches when we perform funerals for young men and women."

He called the mayor's gun violence crisis management system a great step because it's holistic.

"A lot of times, you can get a young man off the street, but again, to stop selling drugs, but where are you going to put them? They need to be trained for jobs," Monrose said.

Moore said she likes the mayors plan,

"It sounds good to me," Gillian Moore said. "However, once it's implemented, you really need to follow up and continue with all the programs that will be available to our youth."

The plan will give the city a fresh start as Moore looks for her own. She's moving out of this house out of necessity.

"This house is not a home," she said. "I hate coming here."

She hopes the mayor's plan will prevent other mothers from going through what she is. Monrose hopes the program expansion includes the faith-based community.

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