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Mother's Day disappointment for Sowell's victim's families

On this Mother's Day, 11-year-old Christen Williams remembers the mother he will never see again with a balloon, cross and flowers. 

"I remember what she looked like," Williams said.  "She was very tall to me cause I'm short,"

Christen's mom, Telacia Fortson, was one of serial killer Anthony Sowell's 11 victims. 

"I still think about her a lot," Williams said. "I haven't seen her in so long.  Now that this happened, know I will never see her again.  The only thing I can see her in is a picture."

Christen is not alone in his pain.  He, and family members of Sowell's ten other victims gathered at the place on Imperial Avenue, where that house of horrors used to stand. 

Only today, loved ones expected to be part of a groundbreaking on a memorial for the mothers, daughters and sisters they lost, but that groundbreaking was abruptly canceled, with no explanation given.

"Phone calls have been made, but there are no return phone calls," says Doneita Carmichael, the daughter of Sowell victim Tonia Carmichael.

They say they want to know who has the thousands of dollars that have been raised for the memorial.

Of course, the families say that they would like to see the memorial they were promised to be built here, but at the very least, they aren't asking for anything fancy, just for this lot to be cleaned up with some benches and maybe some flowers.

"You can at least do the minimal thing and clean the lot up," said Chara Dozier, whose sister Crystal Dozier was also murdered by Sowell. "I don't live too far from here.  I have to drive past and look at this.  I don't want my sister to be remember like this."

Like the others, for Christen, this is a sacred place, one of the few pieces of a disturbing puzzle left, for him to make sense of as he gets older.

"I would just want to stay on her side for the rest of my life as long as I could," Williams said. "If I could see her again, that's what I would do. 

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