Posted by Gary Burger on October 16, 2018 in In the community
Our Incredible Client’s Story
I would like to share with you a little bit about my amazing client Ramona Fortner. I represent her in an automobile accident that we are settling right now. That is not the point of this story.
Ramona was doubly stricken with two tragedies. She has lost two of her children to gun violence. What she did with what life has thrown at her is amazing.
For over a decade Ramona has gone into the community and advocated to try and curb black on black crime. She speaks at community events and churches to get the messages out that African Americans should not kill each other. Regardless of the reason.
She advocates taking snitching out of their vocabulary and tries to spread love and peace in the wake of these tragedies.
Because of her quite persistent and strong action, Ramona has gotten some attention and awards. She was recently featured in a Huffington Post article that you can find here.
In that article, a reporter for Huffington post attended a gathering at a Saint Louis church to hear stories of police violence against African Americans. She told the story of Ramona, who while listening to everyone’s stories asked, “what about killing us? When are we going to deal with that?”
Ramona told her story and left, but the reporter felt deeply for Ramona’s story and followed her. That was just the first talk they had together.
Ramona told the woman about her son, Malik and how he was killed by someone in a case of mistaken identity for someone else who had robbed the shooter. How after that, her focus has been on the concern she has that the focus on police violence detracts for all the violence occurring in her neighborhood.
The reporter talks about how much she has learned from Ramona and how it will take rallying as a community to advocate to end violence.
Ramona is an incredible person and we are honored to help her, in her accident, and in her goals to help her community in any way we can. Below is a news clip of Ramona promoting her basketball tournament in her son’s name to promote her goal of ending black on black violence.
Fox 2 St. Louis Interview with Ramona Fortner.