Pelham mom on a mission to bring change after son’s tragic death

Pelham Mentoring Program

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia mom is using mentoring to help the next generation after a police said a shooting took her son’s life last December in Pelham.

They said Steven Freeman and Denarrius Johnson were killed on Cannon Street. Horace “Chunky” Ross the third turned himself in for the crime.

Now, Teretha Perkins is trying to set up meetings with city leaders to come up with strategies to give kids something to do and provide hope for a better tomorrow.

Teretha Perkins (Source: WALB)
Teretha Perkins (Source: WALB)

Perkins hopes Pelham city officials, pastors and community leaders will help create a mentoring program and more recreational centers.

“My main focus is not so much what happened to my child, but saving the next person from having to go through what I’m going through as a parent. You know I don’t feel that no family should have to go through what we’re going through,” said Perkins.

Perkins is currently trying to set up community meetings for those who want to get involved with her mission.

If you would like to get involved, you can reach out to her at

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