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Valdosta parents, community pushing for new law to honor teen killed at party

Posted at 6:18 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 18:18:06-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Combating violence with added security.

Valdosta parents are teaming up with community leaders in honor of a teenager girl, who lost her life to gun violence.

It's called the Desi Act. An ordinance to combat unsupervised parties in the city.

It's been close to three months since 18-year-old Desiyunna Hill was shot to death. But to her parents, every day is just as painful.

That's why they're were in front of the city council Thursday with community leaders to change the way parties are held in town. Adding extra eyes where there weren't the night Hill died.

"I feel her. I have pain everyday. It's hard for me to sleep at night," said Chekethia Mosley, Hill's mother.

Mosley says it's hard enough not having her daughter around anymore. But what's more difficult is feeling like justice hasn't been served.

"To have to reach out to the detectives on a case they're supposed to be working on. I feel like it's not right," said Mosley.

Police say Hill died in a crowd of people, shot twice while leaving a party. No one's been arrested for it.

Now a different kind of justice. The Desi Act.

"Does nothing more and nothing less than hold individuals accountable for these incidents," said Kevin Bussey, who wrote the ordinance.

The ordinance will require venues to add some type of security to large parties, specifically those with minors and add a way to enforce it if businesses don't.

"The problem is, it wasn't being enforced. If you're talking to those individuals and you're knowing that there's a hundred students that are out at that establishment, 9 times out of 10 you know you should have some type of security in place for that reason," said Bussey.

Hill's dad, Desmond Grant, believes it could've made the difference in saving his daughter.

"You might have a fight here or there but it wouldn't be all the shooting like it was that night there. That's how I look at it," said Grant.

And Hill's mom is looking to city leaders to protect the youth.

"Only thing we can do is just put it out there and see what happens and what takes place," said Mosley.

Grant is taking things in his own hands, too. He is working with the city to organize more free kid friendly events, that way they avoid more clubs and drinking.