Author hopes book about murdered son makes young people think

By Mellany Armstrong 9:22am, July 17, 2014 - Updated 9:27am, July 17, 2014
Cover of the book '4AM'
A mother honors her murdered son with a book.

Mellany Armstrong reports in this week's WDEL Delaware Stories.

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Joreen Sykes of Dover had to find a way to deal with her pain after her 22-year-old son, Marcus Ware, was killed in October 2011.

"There was a shooting out to the Sunoco gas station, and he did not make it," she said.

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Police knocked on her door to tell her her oldest son was gone.

"My life just changed from that point on," Sykes said.

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She poured her emotion into a journal.

"I wrote as if I was telling my son everything that was going on," she said.

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"I know for certain that there are other parents out there that are going through the same exact thing that I'm going through, so I decided to take my journal and make it into a book," she said.

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It's called '4AM,' the time the police knocked on her door. Sykes wants young people to realize that when they commit crimes, they are hurting more than just the person they are targeting.

"There's a whole line of people that gets hurt, not just that one person. Including themselves," she said.

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You can get more information about the book by clicking here.





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