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Mother of Youngstown murder victim speaks out

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Christina Olivera held her son 20-year-old Jason Fonseca as he took his last breaths.

Now this Youngstown mother is putting out a plea to the public to stop all the senseless killing and the gun violence.

"When I went up to my son all I could see was his eyes twitching, looking at me. And I lifted his head, and I kept telling him, 'Don't go nowhere, baby, you got to stay here with mommy,'" Olivera said.

Olivera is a mother devastated as her only son dies before her eyes in the driveway of the family's Ayers Street home on Wednesday.

"My son was amazing. He took on a daddy role at 8-years-old for his little sister. He started working at an early age because he wanted to get his own car. He would work, go to school, help me take care of our elderly grandfather that had dementia. Then he would come home, do his homework, and do it all over again," Olivera said.

According to Youngstown Police, Fonseca, an East High graduate and football standout, was shot and killed allegedly at the hands of 19-year-old Kimani Hodges. The family believes it happened after a senseless dispute over a girl.

"I need justice. There's no way in the world I could live my life without getting justice for my baby," Olivera tells 21 News.

And in her grief, this mother puts out a plea to the public to stop the bloodshed.

"We all hurt the same. We've got to do something about this violence. We've got to stop this ego these men have on the streets that they feel the only way to handle things is with a gun. My son went out to handle it like a real man," Olivera said.

Kimani Hodges is charged with aggravated murder in connection with the death of Fonseca. Hodges will make his initial appearance before a judge on Friday.

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