Darrien Hunt was just 22-years-old when he was shot and killed by two police officers in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Whether you feel his shooting was just, or unjust, the fact remains that his mother, Susan, has lost her oldest child. She is a grieving mother who is taunted daily by press photos of her child; accusations about his mental health; the fact his killers are still on paid leave; the fact that investigators are attempting to smear her name; all things that aren't revelant to the case at all. She moved to Utah for peace, and to raise her family of four children. She got the exact opposite. She needs someone to take her hand and grieve with her. She needs someone to say, "I'm a mother, too, and I feel your pain." And she needs to know that Darrien's funeral is paid for, that her other children are safe. That her youngest daughter will get the counseling she needs to deal with the shock of losing her hero.
She needs us.
Darrien's funeral cost over $10,000.
She is still paying that off, little by little.
She is working a job that is barely above minimum wage, trying to pay rent, to support her three remaining children, trying to survive. And the media circus never ends. Every time she sees a new story, a new untrue allegation, people speculation about her son's actions, most of it untrue, she sinks lower into the water. There is no life vest. She is drowning.
But we can help. We can all pray to never understand the roller coaster emotions of grieving, especially when losing a child who has so much life ahead of them. And we can throw her a life preserver, and tell a mother we want to help in any way we can.