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Vigil held for man killed near 44th and Center, son of Milwaukee community activist

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee community activist is asking for justice after her son was shot and killed.

People gathered on the city’s north side to support Camille Mays, a community advocate who has been there for so many families but is now mourning the loss of her own son.

“I don’t want nobody to feel like this,” Mays said.

It's a moment Mays never imagined. Her son, 21-year-old Darnell Woodard II, was gunned down as he sat in a car with a friend near 44th and Center on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Woodward was killed. The other man in the car suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“I fought for opportunities for young men for violence prevention for humans, for families...before it even came to my door,” Mays said.

Mays, a board member of Milwaukee Crime Stoppers, worked tirelessly to make the streets safe.

“It’s very unfortunate, it’s super sad, Camille works everyday, every single day for the betterment of this community,” said Alderman Russell Stamper III. “She loves this community, she loves all of the progress we have made, a lot of the progress has been due to her.”

Police don’t have a suspect in custody. Mays is urging anyone with information to come forward.

“I’m upset, I’m angry and I feel like if nothing else makes a change this has to, because I poured my heart into this city and the city owes this to me," Mays said. 

Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling the Milwaukee Crime Stoppers tipline at 414-224-TIPS.

If you help crack the case, you can get up to a $1,000 cash reward.

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