A Year After Her Son’s Murder, a New Orleans Mother Still Demands Justice and Starts a Nonprofit in His Name

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Nekisha McGlothen vividly remembers the day she got the call no mother wants to hear. Minutes later, she rushed to the hospital to say goodbye to her only son.

Khyron Nellon, 15, was shot in the 1600 block of Iberville Street in New Orleans on August 1, 2021. He was with a small group when the shooting happened, and three other injured victims survived.

“I got the phone call around 6am saying my son…something had happened,” recalled McGlothen, a teacher at the local elementary school.

She rushed to the University Medical Center to say goodbye.

“I was able to sit by my son’s bedside and say what I had to say. Everything after was… a blur,” she said.

Nellon, a student at John Ehret High School, loved playing basketball, McGlothen said.

“He was just a very positive kid. Very caring, very loving,” she said. “I feel (his loss) every day.”

McGlothen said that soon after another teenager was arrested for the shooting. But the case has not advanced in court, as McGlothen awaits a decision from Orleans Parish Attorney Jason Williams on whether the underage suspect will be tried as an adult.

As she awaits justice, she has decided to take her grief and turn it into action.

McGlothen started a nonprofit – K3 Lives – named after his son’s basketball nickname “K3”.

“I still feel the pain. I still feel sad sometimes, but I know I can redirect my energy to something positive,” she said. “I’m okay with that, because I know where I put my energy into something my son would be proud of.”

Her nonprofit aims to create positive opportunities for children to channel their energy and connect families and communities to local resources.

It is a mission near and dear to the heart of Michael Willis. Willis, the founder of Helping Other People Endure (HOPE), said parents are often unaware of the resources available to them.

“How can we return to this place of care and attention to your neighbors? We released the ball, it happened. But when does it stop? Willis asked. “It’s easy to point fingers, we can do this all day. But look at yourself in the mirror.

The two nonprofits will team up to host a “Family Back to School Day” this Saturday (August 6) from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Playground in Harvey.

Fox 8 contacted Williams’ office for more information on Nellon’s case, but did not receive a response.

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