Damon Markee Riddick
I remember that moment when I found out you were growing inside of me and the moment I found out I had lost your twin. I loved him from that moment.
Growing up, he would be the one who they called a mama's boy. People said he had an old soul because he would go to people much older than himself and just have conversations. Damon loved to fish, go on nature trails, work on anything he could take apart and put back together, and he loved to shop.
At a young age I knew Damon was destined to be someone great. Whenever I was sick, he would cry and stay by my side until he thought I was better. Even at the age of 16, he would come and lay beside me to talk about life. I often said you will never leave me. He said "ma when I am 18, I'm moving". I would always say "no you are not", with a smile.
We had just talked about a car. He said "ma I'm getting a car on my 18th birthday". Who would have known that he would not make it to the 18th birthday.
He would cut the neighbor's grass without him asking, although he always knew he would give him something . When it snowed outside, him and his stepbrother would get a shovel and go around asking people if they need help getting out. Yes he loved it when they paid them something, but he never complained when they didn't have it.
Mon always could make you laugh. Even if you felt like crying he would make a joke about something. When he got older he started hanging with friends, but he never missed a day saying "Ma I love you" or me telling him I love him. As all children sometimes do, he acted out sometimes, but if he saw that it hurt me he would always say "Ma I'm sorry". I had just told him the week before when we were together I was going to move to Raleigh, NC. He was so happy, he said "Ma just make sure we are in a good neighborhood". I sent him pictures of the home. He was already planning out his room. He said "Ma I just want you to be happy".
He told me the day before he was taken from me, I will be glad when the struggle is over. He had hopes, he had dreams and they were all taken from him and when they took his they took mine. He was my everything my world is at a stand still. I could not buy that home to put my baby in because I had to buy a tomb to put my baby in.
My life has forever change my heart longs for my child, my baby boy. To some he was a statistic, to me he was my life and I don't know how to begin to live again.
Sleepless nights is what I have now. Pains in my chest when I call his name knowing he is not there. Watching his videos of himself over and over again. Waking up every morning with tears in my eyes. that is when I realize it is still not a dream. I just pray that my child life will not just be a number on someone's desk.
Damon Markee Riddick, my baby was at his dad's home doing nothing at all. Then they came in and took it all. No it was not money they took, it was money they wanted. What they took from me, his brothers, his sisters, his dad, his grandparents, his aunts and uncles, his friends was priceless. They took our heart, and for many, they took our life and now we have to learn how to live again without my world, my baby boy, our heart. I would have given my life for him to have his.
Vickie Riddick Parker