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Family still seeking answers in son's shooting

On this day of thanks, a Charlotte family is still grieving the loss of their loved one, killed nearly three months ago.

Thursday, the family of Kevin Rodas placed balloons, teddy bears and race cars on his gravesite.

The 7 year-old was gunned down as he stood in the front yard of a home on Fieldvale Place on Labor Day weekend.

Kevin was celebrating the birthday of his cousin when gunshots rang out.

He was one of 12 people shot over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  The little boy was one of five killed.

Gladys Rodas told Channel 9 it’s been difficult living without her son, but she believes God will allow her to see his killer’s face.

“It is very hard. Not only today, but everyday.  I’m waiting on police to have something.  Kevin isn’t coming back.  I want to see justice,” says Gladys Rodas, mother.

Merly Cruz is Kevin’s older sister.  She says life is unbearable without his smile and laughter.

“I remember him because he was a very happy child,” says Meryl Cruz, sister.

CMPD has made one arrest in the Labor Day shootings.  Kevin’s mother says she hasn’t heard much from detectives since her son was killed.

She plans to meet with them next week in hopes of getting an update on the search for Kevin’s killer.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:10:14 -0500

Organization helps Charlotte homeless families into homes of their own

Cynara Atherely prepared a Thanksgiving dinner in a home she never thought she'd have.
"I lost hope for a minute,” the mother told Channel 9.

She and her two kids left their home because of domestic violence and stayed with relatives, but were homeless.
Channel 9 learned the number of kids in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who don't have a home of their own, whether they're staying with family, in shelters or even on the streets, is growing. At the end of 2014, there were 4,131 homeless children in CMS. 
"Our children are our most vulnerable residents here in Charlotte and they're in homeless situations due to no fault of their own and we needed to do something," said Cheron Porter with the Charlotte Housing Authority.
That’s when CHA partnered with CMS and an organization called A Child's Place to start a new initiative named A Stable Home.
So far, the program has helped 14 families with housing, including Cynara and her children. When Cynara told her kids in July they'd have a home of their own, she immediately noticed a difference.
"To me, they changed a lot. They have more smiles. They feel more comfortable. They have more confidence in themselves," she told Channel 9.
Organizers of A Stable Home say that's the ultimate goal. When children have a home, they're not missing school and are more focused in classes.
Cynara already had a job before the program and has since gotten a promotion. She says having a home in which to raise her kids has given her more motivation to work harder so they can have a better life.
"I'm just happy they're happy," Cynara said, “and I am thankful."
Right now, A Stable Home is working to get two more Charlotte families into a home of their own.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:16:50 -0500

Charlotte Rescue Mission serves up more than food

On the surface, the Charlotte Rescue Mission kitchen looks fairly normal. Workers crank out Thanksgiving classics with volunteers at the helm. 
From the diners’ perspective you see something else. White table cloths, silverware and china deck the tables. Servers don black tuxedo bow ties, a gift from a donor over the summer. 
“It looks like the finest dining restaurant in Charlotte, it's the Charlotte Rescue Mission,” said Rev. Tony Marciano. 
Every year, the Charlotte Rescue Mission opens its doors to those in need. Many of those grabbing a bite are either battling addiction or homeless. The demand for help is high. The organization expects to dish out 2,000 meals this Thanksgiving. 
"All that is designed to share hope and dignity and respect and make God’s love incredibly real to people that may not understand that,” said Marciano.
It’s a hefty task for volunteers. However, the army of volunteers is growing. 
“I just really wanted to give to be honest with you,” said Lorrie Stutzman, a first-time volunteer.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:11:22 -0500

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