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Parents react to children being murdered as Mother's Day approaches

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

As Mother's Day approaches, too many Memphis mothers are left facing the day without one of their children due to the violent start to the year. 

"The crime is getting ridiculous," Jenell Harris said. "The crime rate is terrible, the murder rate is awful."

Harris' 15-year-old daughter was killed. She's fed up, hurt, and disgusted at the violence in the city, not only from her daughter's murder but from what she calls the inability of city leaders to control the problem.

"To be honest, I haven't seen anything that's been done," Harris said.

She can't imagine facing Mother's Day on Sunday without her youngest daughter. Vianca Harris was only 15 years old and four weeks pregnant when she was shot and killed in March. 

Terry Turner was charged, but the case has been dismissed for now. Her attorney said it was dismissed because no witnesses have showed up to the preliminary hearing.

Harris is only one of 17 kids killed by gunfire in 2016 in Memphis, and among the 78 people killed in 2016.

Jenell Harris would much rather have dinner with her daughter Sunday, but instead, she said she will be visiting her at her grave.

"Put her some flowers and balloons down and blow her some kisses," Harris said.

Top city leaders have said all year, time after time, they're trying to reduce crime in Memphis.

"We've got more officers out on the street than we did when I took over January 1," Mayor Jim Strickland said.

"We're not going to stop, we're not going to give up," Memphis Police Interim Director Mike Rallings said.

But to parents like Harris, she said it all seems like all talk and no action. She wants city leaders to step up.

"Get these guns off the streets. Get these murderers off the streets," Harris said.

She said she wants other mothers to be able to enjoy Mother's Day far away from a cemetery.

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