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Nine years after her son's murder, mother finds peace

Nine years after her son's murder, mother finds peace

ATLANTA (WXIA) – It's been nine long years for one DeKalb County mother who still has no answers in her son's death.

Thursday marked the anniversary of Damon Bell's death.

There are many things Gwen Bell will forget about her son Damon. The way he loved her beef stew is just one of them.

"And it's just ironic that I fixed this today and had it today as my meal, because I know he loved it," she said.

Another thing she will never forget is the day the police told her he had been murdered.

"They sat right here in my living room and they told me that they had my son," she said. "He was shot; he was deceased. And of course, that was the hardest thing that I had ever experienced in my life."

It was nine years ago that someone shot Damon on Glen Echo Drive, not far from his home.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

"How do we evoke change if our methodology remains the same"?

That is the question that for years plagued Sherrell Anderson; a part of the driving force behind her creation of the nonprofit, Teens: What's the Rush, Inc. (TWTR).

But on Jan. 12, 2011, Anderson says that she was given the assignment from God, and from there on delved into laying the framework for TWTR. She set aside her own troubling memories of childhood sexual abuse, to begin serving hundreds of teens across the state.

'Amelia Bedelia' author to visit Decatur

'Amelia Bedelia' author to visit Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- The author of a wildly popular children's book series will visit Decatur at the end of the month.

Herman Parish will be at the Little Shop of Stories at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Parish is the nephew of Peggy Parish, who started the "Amelia Bedelia" series about a scatterbrained but lovable maid. Peggy Parish passed away in 1988; her nephew took over the series in 1995.

Two new Amelia Bedelia chapter books will hit store shelves in January: Amelia Bedelia Means Business and Amelia Bedelia Unleashed.

Learn more about Parish's visit at littleshopofstories.com.

NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php