“He would be the kid that would wake up at 6 in the morning and shovel a neighbor’s driveway for them,” said Akins.He inherited kindhearted qualities from his mother who finds comfort in feeding the homeless. Khris was just as kind with his siblings. He was very close with his older brother and helped his younger sister with her homework every day.Akins recalled Khris being a savvy businessman with potential.“Khris would regularly buy products in bulk from BJ’s and sell the items at a higher price to make a profit. He was an entrepreneur on the come up,” saidAkins. She felt her young man was truly evolving.
The pain of losing a loved one will always weigh heavily on Akin’s heart, but she continues to find solace in her spirituality.
“I believe in God and things happen for a reason, and I have no control over it,” said Akins.
After her son’s killing, Akins became an activist against violence. She shares her story to empower others, especially mothers affected by gun violence.
Akins is, however, in the driver’s seat when it comes to her future endeavors and is currently studying Communications and Cultural Diversity. She hopes to own a homeless shelter and provide assistance to young mothers.
As the matriarch, Akins is determined to ensure that her tragedy doesn’t define her. She continues to stay strong for her family, especially her two children.Akins wants to be remembered as a fighter, not a stereotype.