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Mobile police release PSA about a mother's pain in losing a child to gun violence

(MPD) Mobile police release PSA about a mother's pain in losing a child to gun violence
(MPD) Mobile police release PSA about a mother's pain in losing a child to gun violence

The Mobile Police Department’s plea to the community is to help end a mother’s pain. Help stop gun violence.

Two summers ago, Valerie Simmons lost her son to gun violence. Tuesday morning, her son’s killer was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Simmons' son, 19-year-old Levaunghte Manassa, was shot and killed June 26, 2017. He was found deceased in the parking lot of the Texaco gas station located at 3365 Moffett Road.

Through the course of the investigation, 25-year-old Willie Pendauirs Lewis was developed as a suspect. Lewis was arrested and booked into Metro Jail on the murder charge the next day.

Manassa was the cousin of Mobile Homicide Detective Jermaine Rogers. Rogers responded to that homicide scene and discovered that it was his cousin.