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'It Took My Son's Killing To Wake Me Up'

Ann Thompson
A crowd on UC's campus remembers Sam DuBose, who was shot and killed on July 19, 2015 by former UC police officer Ray Tensing.

During a vigil on UC's campus marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Sam DuBose, his mother called on the community and the nation to create change through unity.

Audrey DuBose said, "It took my son's killing to wake me up, but I'm woke now, thank you Jesus! And I don't want to see this happen to nobody else's child nowhere."

DuBose was shot and killed during a traffic stop by former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing. Tensing is now facing a murder trial Oct. 24, 2016.

The crowd of people attending the Interfaith Unity Vigil braved the heat and humidity near the Myers Alumni Center to talk about Sam DuBose and what his death means. Acting UC President Beverly Davenport said, "It must be a day UC never forgets."

Sam DuBose's mother sits on the bench which is dedicated in her son's name. It's in the Campus Green area of campus near a waterfall.

Based on the recommendations of an outside firm, UC  changed its police administration and policies. The university has settled with the DuBose family, paying out $5 million. There is now a bench with Sam DuBose's name on it. His mother, Audrey, sat on it for the first time after the service.

Referencing recent police shootings nationwide she said, "We need to let the world know this cannot continue to happen to nobody's children, because if it happens too many times in our backyard, it's going to start happening in everybody's backyard."

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.