Guest Bio: Taisha Akins

Season 1; Episode 1

Taisha Akins is a mother of three children and lifelong resident of Dorchester. She has three children (two boys and one girl). At the tender age of 14 years old she became a teen mother and enrolled in alternative school to learn in an environment that consisted of fellow teenage mothers.

In 2011 her middle child, Khris Mckinney, was gunned down in their neighborhood on Whitman and Norfolk Street. A dispute erupted involving Khris’ older brother. After coming to the defense of his brother, an undisclosed assailant hid in the bushes, and shot him in his back.  Currently no one has been charged with crime. A code of silence governs the area; due to fear of retaliation, no one has identified the perpetrator, whom they know.

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A Mother’s Loss

Eunice Onwona & Tashanea Whitlow

Taisha Akin’s lost her son Khris, pictured above, to gun violence. 

Every parent’s worst fear is outliving a child. On an Indian summer night that fear became a reality for Taisha Akins, who lost her 17-year-old son to gun violence. She can still hear her eldest son’s chilling words. “Ma, they shot Khris” are words that will forever haunt her. Her mother’s instinct kicked in and she knew her baby was gone.“I wanted to go crazy…a lot of anger, a lot of guilt. I was confused because all my kids were hurt at once,” said Akins.

Two years later, she often finds herself wondering what Khris would look like as an adult. She remembers him as a young handsome teenager. On a recent beautiful fall night, Akins reminisced about Khris’ sense of loyalty and how much family and friends loved him.