I didn't know Kamari Munerlyn.
I didn't know the precocious nature or the tender heart that was perhaps hidden behind his smile. I didn't know the potential that twinkled in his eyes.
What I do know is Kamari was a seven-year-old little boy. He was a first grader at Eastway Elementary School in Durham. And he was shot to death Sunday evening.
Let that sink in for a minute.
I thought about Kamari all day long Monday. The lump in my throat, the knot in my stomach for a little boy I didn't know.
As a mom, I wondered how in the world do you talk to your child about a classmate who was gunned down riding back from the pool? How do you make sense of that? Clearly, you don't.
I've read people's comments on our station's website with the typical dismissive attitude of "oh, that's Durham..." Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. That's OUR community. And all of us should be mad.
I don't pretend to have an answer or a solution to the all too common problem of gun violence.
But here is what I do know: When Kamari died, we lost a precious member of our community. We should all mourn the loss.
Julia Sims is a mom of one and reporter for WRAL-TV.