A Mother Loses 2 Sons to Violence Only 19 Days Apart 

Dinyal New lost her 13-year-old son, Lee Weathersby III, on New Year’s Eve and then her 19-year-old son, Lamar Broussard, less than three weeks later. 

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On New Year’s Eve, Dinyal New lost her 13-year-old son, Lee Weathersby III, to gun violence in East Oakland, Calif. Three weeks later her 19-year-old son, Lamar Broussard, has also been killed.

Two funerals for her two babies in under a month. 

“I have no more kids,” New told the San Francisco Chronicle, adding that she was struggling with her faith in a higher power.

“I’m still numb about Lee, so I don’t know if my heart has enough room to handle Lamar’s death. This is like a dream right now,” the 41-year-old social worker’s assistant told the Chronicle outside of her home. “I know there is a God, but I’m like, ‘Why would he give a mother so much pain to handle within 19 days?’ This is really hard on me.”

Lee, New’s youngest son, was shot around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 as he walked home from a party at the Boys & Girls Club. He was an eighth-grader who loved basketball and playing the drums, the Chronicle reports. He died early New Year’s Day.

On Sunday, around 2:20 p.m., Broussard and a friend, 19-year-old Derryck Harris, were shot and killed while riding in Broussard’s Audi, the Chronicle reports.

Relatives believe that someone who opened fire from another car ambushed them.

Broussard was a Laney College student who aspired to be a musician and start his own business, his mother told the Chronicle.