Micheshia Norment, left, holds onto friend Christopher 2X as she prepares to release balloons into the sky in memorial of her son, Dequante Hobbs Jr., 7, who was shot by a stray bullet through their kitchen window in the west end of Louisville, KY.
The accident struck while Dequante was eating cake two days before his first grade graduation. Micheshia tattooed her arm with her son's face and reminds the Louisville community of her loss by diligently painting her car windows in memory of him.
Pallbearers wore superhero shirts and "Lil DQ" gloves in honor of Dequante at his funeral.
Smoke drifts into the sky from fireworks on July 4th, which had been Dequante's favorite holiday.
Micheshia rests on her mother, Priscilla's, lap. Family is still Micheshia's life blood.
Micheshia worships at church with her mother and answered the alter call by putting her trust in God.
Zanique Norment, 3, Micheshia's only other child, wraps her arm around her mother's leg at a family barbecue. "What do you tell to a three-year-old that's been with her brother for three years, since she came onto this earth from my stomach? He's gone to another life," Micheshia says. "We may not see him, but he sees us. That's the only way I can explain it to my daughter."
"When I go in that house it's evil," Micheshia says as she packs up her old house where Dequante was shot. "I feel it should be nobody else moving in that house. It's a danger hazard, especially if a person has children."
Over a month after Dequante's funeral, deflated Paw Patrol balloons blow into the street after barely holding onto his front porch rail. These were his favorite cartoon characters.
Micheshia sips a drink in Master P's bus on the way to his concert in New Orleans, LA. A photo of Dequante was displayed for thousands to see while Master P sang "I Miss My Homies."
Micheshia, her mother, and other family members light lanterns in honor of Dequante Jr.
Knova Abshire, 4, explores the bedroom of his late cousin, Dequante Jr.
Rap artist Romeo Miller, right, who wore a #7 jersey at the Celebrity Basketball Game Kickoff for the Essence Festival in New Orleans, presents Micheshia with the MVP award in honor of Dequante Jr. Seven was the age Dequante was when he was killed.
Micheshia experiences the ocean for the first time with her cousin, Neca Jones.
"Hearing the water, the waves, come up was so relaxing," Micheshia says, soaking in an opportunity to decompress.
In Micheshia's new home she plays with Dequante's old bike and scooter. Her new home is in a much safer area of Louisville even though it's only 10 minutes away from the west end.
Micheshia, right, looks at her daughter, Zanique, as she sits in the car driver's seat and pretends to drive. After Dequante was killed, Micheshia considered suicide but decided to fight for her daughter instead, knowing that's what Dequante would want.