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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34578183/ns/local_news-baltimore_md/

A victim of Baltimore city violence who donated his organs will be remembered in the Tournament of Roses Parade in California next week.

Tarrence Regan-Mitchell was shot and killed two years ago when he was 16. Regan-Mitchell's mother, Tamala, said her son was on his way home when he was killed and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Her son's friend broke the news to her.

"He said, 'Miss Tammy, Tarrance just got shot.' And my reaction to that was overwhelming. I just stood there. I was numb for a minute," Regan said.

She said when she found out he didn't survive, she didn't hesitate when asked whether she wanted to donate his organs.

"You actually had to know my son to understand why I didn't hesitate, because he had a love for life, and to know that I was able and he was able to give back to someone, and someone is able to live, run, jump, see and smile, is great," she said. "I feel honored every day."

Regan-Mitchell was able to donate almost everything except for his heart, which was pierced by a bullet, doctors said.

Because of his donations, he was chosen to be featured on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Years Day. The float is under construction and will have a floragraph of Regan-Mitchell -- a picture of him made out of flowers and organic materials.

Regan said she is flying out to California to watch the parade in person.

"I'm really excited. I have butterflies. I've been packed since they called and told me I was going," she told 11 News.

Regan said it will be breathtaking to see her son's face on the float as a reaffirmation that some good came from such a tragic situation.

"I miss him every day, but knowing that he gave life to someone else is a blessing. So, I don't have any sorrows at all," she said.

The Rose Parade starts at 11 a.m. on New Years Day. Viewers can watch it on WBAL-TV.

The trial of the man accused of shooting Regan-Mitchell is scheduled for March.

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Thank you for posting this Rusty. What a wonderful affirmation of her son's gift to others. I hope we get a to see a picture of the float. I'm sure it will be beautiful and full of so many flower arrangements that tell a similar story.

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A sad, yet beautiful and hopeful story. Thank you for posting this, Rusty. I can't imagine losing a child this way, or any way, for that matter. The only good that would come out of such a loss is knowing that others benefited from the organ donations. I'm looking forward to the Rose Parade and seeing the Donate Life float. God bless Tarrance and his mom.

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Oh Rusty, what a heartbreaking incident. I'm so glad his poor mother got comfort from the organ donation. He's certainly a worthy donor to honor in the DLA float -- as are all donors everywhere. Thank you for posting it. Would you mind taking it over to post on the Donation Campaign site as well?

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This is really beautiful. Thank you.

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Oh Rusty, what a heartbreaking incident. I'm so glad his poor mother got comfort from the organ donation. He's certainly a worthy donor to honor in the DLA float -- as are all donors everywhere. Thank you for posting it. Would you mind taking it over to post on the Donation Campaign site as well?




 



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Rusty this is a testament to how life can turn on a dime, wrong place wrong time.  So sad for this mother to lose her child in such a senseless way, but for her to give *the gift* and get something this heartwarming to honor her child,  a wee bit of Christmas magic at play here.

Thanks for sharing,  a beautiful way to honor a life cut so very short.  I hope we do get to see it,  how special.

XOX

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The scary part is that Baltimore is a VERY violent city, we have had years where we've had a murder a day. 

Most of our murders are black youth involved in "drive-by" incidents or drug deals.

When I think of something as sad at this young life wasted, TR brought more people the chance to consider this option. Now the Parade will recognize the "gift".

Rusty




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Rusty this is a testament to how life can turn on a dime, wrong place wrong time.  So sad for this mother to lose her child in such a senseless way, but for her to give *the gift* and get something this heartwarming to honor her child,  a wee bit of Christmas magic at play here.

Thanks for sharing,  a beautiful way to honor a life cut so very short.  I hope we do get to see it,  how special.

XOX

Beth~  hug




 



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