On February 12th 1993 Mary Johnson’s only son, 20-year-old Laramiun Byrd, was murdered. The perpetrator was 16-year-old Oshea Israel who received a 25 year sentence for second degree murder.
Many years later Mary visited Oshea in prison and since his release in 2010 they have lived as neighbors in the Northside community of Minneapolis.
Mary now dedicates her time to From Death to Life, an organization she founded that uses healing and reconciliation to end violence between families of victims and those who have caused harm.
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