Mother mourns son, starts scholarship in his memory

Tuscaloosa mom of murdered son speaks out on gun violence

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Sharon Carter knew she would come face to face with the person charged in her son’s death Wednesday. But a violent week in Tuscaloosa has also motivated her and others to do more in her son’s memory.

“She can see her son. I can’t see mine. When I go into his room and I look for him, this is what I have to look at, a picture and that hurts,” Carter said while showing a picture of her son Xzavier Eatmon outside the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse.

More than a dozen people supported her Wednesday before a preliminary hearing for Lamarcus McNeal. McNeal is charged with murder in connection with the April shooting that took Eatmon’s life.

“I don’t think when you kill someone you should have a bond at all,” Carter continued.

She is also disturbed by a shooting Tuesday night near Elm and Pine Street that left a man dead and a Monday night shooting at Crescent East Apartments that injured an 8 year-old boy.

“I think it’s very senseless and also I think it starts at home, everything starts at home. I mean shooting? Just put the guns down.”

Carter started a scholarship in her son’s memory. Her family and supporters see it as a way to keep Xzavier’s memory alive by helping others.

“We hope that the scholarship will be able to provide funds to students who are going into either technical careers or a four-year university, so that Zay’s life wouldn’t be gone in vain,” said Quenton Martin, a relative.

The family hopes to disperse money from the scholarship fund a year after Xzavier’s death. Contributions to the fund in Xzavier Eatmon’s memory can be made at any Cadence Bank branch in Tuscaloosa, West or Central Alabama.

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