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Emergency personnel recovered the body of 5-year-old Maci Jade Chavez this morning.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson pronounced her dead at 11:20 a.m. The cause of death has been listed as drowning.

Maci and her family were in a canoe that was swept into Milan\u2019s Steel Dam at about 6:15 p.m. Monday. A memorial service for Maci was held at the dam on Thursday.

\u201cWe are grateful we had the opportunity to bring her back and hopefully find closure for her family,\u201d Gustafson said.

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Two Rock Island city employees will be honored Sunday by the Knights of Columbus.

Doug Williams was chosen as police officer of the year, while Cody Bower was selected as firefighter of the year.

They will be honored at the 39th annual Rock Island Knights of Columbus Civic Awards Night at the Rock Island Holiday Inn. Each year the Knights honors a firefighter and police officer from Rock Island for outstanding service. They are nominated and selected by their peers.

Williams, 48, won the award nine years ago, working mainly in a community policing role. Now, he is known for his work with students in the elementary schools, junior highs and the alternative school.

Bower is known for his mentoring of younger firefighters.

Rock Island Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen said it\u2019s not unusual for someone to come up to him when he\u2019s out and compliment the work of Williams.

\u201cHe\u2019s forged strong relationships with a lot of kids,\u201d VenHuizen said. \u201cHe really works well with kids, but Doug is just a good communicator. He can talk to anybody very easily. He is a very personable and humble individual as well.\u201d

It\u2019s pretty obvious when talking to Williams that he enjoys his role with the students very much.

\u201cIt\u2019s busy,\u201d he said of his work in the Rock Island-Milan school district.

Williams, an 18-year police department veteran, said a major key for him in dealing with kids is listening. \u201cAny time they need to talk to me, I will be there,\u201d he said. \u201cSometimes parents call me and ask me to speak to their kids if they are having trouble at home.\u201d

Bower, 31, is in his eighth year in the fire department. He remembers not just the lessons he was taught by fellow firefighter Brandon Baker, but the mentoring he gave Bower when he was first in the department.

\u201cI just had some mentors when I started out and I just really respected them for taking the time to mentor me through my beginning with the department,\u201d Bower said.

\u201cHe doesn\u2019t get rattled,\" Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey said. \"He provides a good, positive example to the guys.\u201d

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Q. Mike Parejko and Stacy Sime, CEOs heads of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Centers and Des Moines-based LifeServe Blood Center wrote an editorial letter requesting tax cuts for their organizations. What are their yearly salaries for directing donated blood to be sold to medical facilities? \u2013 Bill, Bettendorf

Kirby Winn, public relations manager of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, responded, \"Thank you for your question. Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center\u2019s (MVRBC) CEO compensation is determined annually by an independent compensation committee established by our volunteer Board of Directors. To comply with the Board's conflict of interest and compensation policies, the CEO's compensation is reviewed and then formally approved by the independent members of our Board.

\"The Board's goal is to provide compensation consistent with the pay received by others in equivalent positions. The Board's compensation committee reviews compensation levels paid by similarly situated organizations, both taxable and tax-exempt, for comparable positions, availability of similar services or expertise in the geographic area served by MVRBC, current compensation surveys compiled by independent consultants, and works with multiple independent consultants to review industry benchmarks.

\"Our CEO's compensation is unrelated to MVRBC's tax status. Rather, it is directly related to the industry and geographic market, complexity of the responsibilities, and the compensation required to attract and retain an individual capable to fulfill those responsibilities.

\"MVRBC's CEO must possess knowledge of our industry's strict regulatory environment, protocols for donor and product safety, and the ability to lead more than 600 employees engaged in recruiting, blood collection, infectious disease testing, quality assurance, accounting, fleet management, strategic planning, and other functions required of a large organization. For these reasons, Mike Parejko's 2017 salary was $325,000.

\"Annually, MVRBC collects approximately 220,000 donations to provide blood components for 88 hospitals in four states, including all Quad-Cities hospitals. In addition, we provide blood to other regions of the country, as needed, through national resource sharing partnerships. Although donations are given voluntarily, there are significant costs associated with providing a safe and adequate blood supply. MVRBC does not receive state or federal funding. The Blood Center's operating revenue comes through the sale of blood and laboratory testing services. These fees are assessed on a cost recovery basis (including, if assessed, state taxes).

\"MVRBC has joined LifeServe Blood Center (LBC) in petitioning the Iowa Legislature to help level the playing field for Iowa-based blood providers. This is necessary because there are three primary blood providers in the State of Iowa: MVRBC, LBC and American Red Cross (ARC) and only the ARC is exempt from all state taxes. Secondarily, MVRBC also collects blood and serves hospitals in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. This exemption is necessary to compete fairly with blood centers in these states not subject to similar taxes.

\"Thank you again for this opportunity to describe our operations. We would invite those who might have questions to tour our headquarters in Davenport.\"

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In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association redefined the guidelines for high blood pressure. Previous guidelines identified high blood pressure as a reading of 140/90 or higher. The new guidelines now define high blood pressure as a systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 130 or diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 80. This change means more patients will be diagnosed with hypertension.

Although there are several risk factors for high blood pressure that you cannot control, such as your age, family history, or ethnicity, there are plenty that are in your control. One major contributor to high blood pressure is a regular high intake of sodium. The average American consumes at least 3,400 mg of sodium a day. For a healthy adult, a limit of 2,300 mg a day is recommended. An intake of 1,500 mg of sodium or less is recommended for older adults or those who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Consider some of these tips to help lower your daily intake of sodium and to keep your blood pressure in check:

First and foremost, it\u2019s not the salt shaker. The first thought when told to lower salt intake is usually \u201cI don\u2019t salt my food\u201d. This is great news! However, this isn\u2019t the culprit for the country\u2019s high sodium intake. Over 80 percent of the sodium we consume is already added to the foods we purchase at the grocery store or we order at restaurants.

Read the label. Always compare the sodium content of products between brands or different options within the same brand. A quick way to determine if it is a low sodium option is to look at the percent daily value number listed alongside the sodium section on the label. If it is 5 percent or less, it is a low source of sodium. If the value is closer to 20 percent or higher, it is a large source of sodium and you may want to reconsider.

Get creative with your own seasonings. Prepackaged seasonings can be loaded with unnecessary sodium. Stock up on different herbs and spices and play around with new combinations to help season your dishes with new flavors instead of relying on salt. Try using more fruits and vegetables such as cranberries, fresh lemon or lime juice or zest, or peppers for that extra flavor.

Speak up at restaurants. Don\u2019t be afraid to ask for your meal to be prepared with little to no salt and ask for condiments and dressings on the side. Don\u2019t be fooled by ordering a salad either. Some salads can easily surpass 2,000 mg of sodium.

Fill up on potassium rich foods. This nutrient can help balance the effects of too much sodium in your diet. Try to aim for at least 3,500 mg a day of potassium by eating foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach, beans, avocados, tomatoes, tomato products, tuna, and yogurt.

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Bettendorf residents are invited to a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the city hall council chambers, 1609 State St., to hear an update on a study about the city's three recreational/community centers and give their opinions.

In March, the city hired Perkins + Will, an architecture and design firm from Chicago, to study the Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center, the Life Fitness Center, and the Splash Landing Aquatic Center and the feasibility of building a new center at Middle Park to replace them.

Holding two public meetings is one of the requirements of the study. Perkins + Will is to complete the study and provide renderings of final concepts of proposed new facility options by Dec. 1.

The three existing facilities are all \"up there in years\" with various renovation needs, and the city wants more information as it makes decisions going forward, city officials have said.

A new community/recreation center has been the number 1 priority for both the city council and the park board for a number of years and would be a \"great thing\" for the city, Decker Ploehn, city administrator, has said.

The study will answer numerous questions, including:

\u2022 The structural, operational and financial perspectives of the existing facilities.

\u2022 What services already exist and what is needed.

\u2022 Possible partners, including the Bettendorf and/or Pleasant Valley community school districts.

\u2022 How much a new building would cost, and a gauge of the community's willingness to pay for it.

\u2022 Possible alternative uses for the fitness and community centers if a decision is made to build new.

\u2022 What features a new building would include. Part of the study analysis will be to consider making the Frozen Landing Ice Rink a permanent, in-ground amenity.

\u2022 Financial projections to ensure that the city can afford to own what it builds.

To find updates on the study, go to BettendorfRecCenterStudy.com.

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UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

Ashley and Chad\u00a0Rogers,\u00a0Colona; girl, Monday, June 18.

Emily\u00a0Bennitt\u00a0and Dustin\u00a0Moens,\u00a0East Moline; boy, Monday, June 18.

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UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY BETTENDORF

Mar\u00a0Moreno\u00a0and Gerardo\u00a0Martinez,\u00a0Moline; boy, Tuesday, June 19.\u00a0

Katie and Jason\u00a0Flenker,\u00a0Bettendorf; boy, Wednesday, June 20.

Erin\u00a0Nicholson\u00a0and Alexander\u00a0Emmons,\u00a0Bettendorf; boy,\u00a0Wednesday, June 20.

Robin and John Paul\u00a0Young,\u00a0Port Byron; boy, Thursday, June 21.\u00a0

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Since his transition from a shy kid to a journalist, Gary Metivier, whose last day as KWQC-TV anchor was Friday, knows one thing for sure:

\u201cI will never retire from telling stories, one way or another,\u201d he said during an interview in the Davenport studio before he appeared as a guest on the \u201cPaula Sands Live\u201d show. Afterward, he anchored the 6 p.m. news as the finale to 20 years at the station, where he started in 1998.

\u201cIt\u2019s been a great run at KWQC,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s been the hardest decision of my life to leave this place I love so much \u2026 it\u2019s like I\u2019m leaving family.\u201d

He said he will have more opportunities to work together and collaborate with KWQC\u00a0\u2014 in fact, people still can contact him through his KWQC Facebook page.

The quiet boy who was part of a family of 12 children in Oklahoma City found a love for television news when he became a part of a local TV story.

He was a high school senior when he participated in a Christian service project in which young people were partnered with nursing home residents who didn\u2019t have family. Metivier was among those who were interviewed for the story.

\u201cI was amazed at how they captured that story,\u201d he said. \u201cThey used like five of my sound bites and all this B-roll, and I just thought it was magical how they could take that moment and turn it into a story and share it with so many people.\u201d

Because of that experience, he realized, \u201cYou can make a difference. You can do something with this medium. I wanted to tell a story someday like that.\u201d

He worked at stations that included Denison, Texas, Reno, Nevada, and Los Angeles, before coming to Davenport.

There have been moments of levity.

During one broadcast, just as he said the word \u201cimplosion,\u201d a camera blew up. \u201cIt actually exploded on the word \u2018implosion,\u2019 he said. \u201cThe camera blew up \u2026 shorted out.\u201d The camera operator, who was not injured, dropped to the ground.

Always, Metivier has sought positive stories. \u201cI look for the good stories, the inspiring stories. We are surrounded by so much negativity in our world. That\u2019s the stuff that gets attention and spreads on social media so fast. Bad stuff spreads fast, good stuff gets spread very slowly if at all.

\u201cAnd that\u2019s OK, because a lot of the good people out there don\u2019t really want the light shining on them and what they are doing,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are so many people doing so many good things out there, for the betterment of us all, that I think that\u2019s what I take away from all of this, is there is a lot of good, although we end up reporting a lot about the bad.\u201d

He said KWQC always has been great about searching for positive stories, including stories of veterans and Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities. He spoke with veterans before they went on the flights and when they returned, and he \u201cwas touched forever.\u201d

Metivier earned numerous awards for his work, including three Emmy Awards and three Edward R. Murrow Awards.

He has written several books, and wants to devote himself to more writing projects, including more children\u2019s books, \u201cnon-fiction that I think the next generation needs to hear.\u201d

He concluded with some advice to other journalists.

\u201cI hardly ever spoke as a child. I just listened and observed,\u201d he said. That served him well as a journalist.

\u201cListen. Learn. Take it in,\u201d he said. \u201cDon\u2019t rush to judgment \u2026. don\u2019t feel you have to draw conclusions. Let people tell their stories, and you help put it together.\u201d

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A 26-year-old Moline man was critically wounded early Friday in what authorities described as an exchange of gunfire with Moline police.

The man was shot after police were sent around 12:35 a.m. to a burglary-in-progress call in the 3300 block of Avenue of the Cities, according to police. The officers encountered a person while looking for a suspect and both sides fired guns. No police officers were reported hurt.

As of early Friday afternoon, the man, whose name was not being released, was in critical condition at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Lt. Darren Gault, the spokesman for the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force, said Friday afternoon during an update on the investigation.

The task force is a joint unit of police investigators from different agencies in the county. It is called to investigate police-involved shootings or other incidents involving police officers. The agency involved in the incident does not contribute any investigators.

When officers got to the area Friday, the victim of the burglary said the suspect had fled down an alley, and it was as police were following up that the shooting occurred, Gault, an East Moline officer, said.

Gault said the man was armed and a gun was recovered at the scene.

Authorities were not looking for any other suspects, and there was believed to be no threat to the public, he said.

At least two Moline officers were on administrative leave because of the incident, Gault said. He said that is standard practice, but could not say how many officers were actually on leave. The number of shots fired was also not available.

Gault said the task force is seeking witnesses, people in the area who have security cameras on their property, or anyone else who might have information about what occurred.

The Moline Police Department does not have body cameras, Gault said.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be handed over to the Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office, which will determine whether the use of force was justified.

Anyone who has something to contribute to the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or can use the P3 Tips smartphone app.

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JOHNSTON, Iowa \u2014 President Donald Trump suggested Congressional Republicans should put off addressing immigration policy reform until after the November elections, but Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hopes they do not wait that long.

Reynolds wants federal lawmakers and the president to develop new immigration policy immediately.

The governor made the comments Friday during taping of this weekend\u2019s episode of \u201cIowa Press\u201d on Iowa Public Television, and on the heels of a firestorm over thousands of immigrant children being separated from their families and held in federal detention centers.

Trump tweeted earlier Friday that the Republican-controlled Congress should wait until after the November election when, Trump predicted, more Republicans will be in office.

\u201cWe can pass great legislation after the Red Wave (in the election),\u201d Trump tweeted.

\u201cIt\u2019s really time, I think, that we have Congress and we have the administration sit down and find solutions and find some common ground and get something done,\u201d Reynolds said. \u201cI think that they should do it now. It\u2019s time to get something done.\u201d

Reynolds reiterated she would not deploy Iowa National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border if it meant they would be assisting federal immigration agents in the separation of children from their families, but would consider a request to help agents address immigration-related issues like the illegal trafficking of children or drugs.

She does not think any Iowa cities are in violation of a new state law, set to go into effect July 1, which threatens to withhold state funding to local governments that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents.

\u201cI don\u2019t think it\u2019s unreasonable,\" she said. \"One of my No. 1 responsibilities is to make sure that we keep Iowans safe. And I don\u2019t think it\u2019s unreasonable if somebody that\u2019s here and they\u2019ve broken the law and they have been apprehended, that it\u2019s unreasonable to send them back. Because it\u2019s important that we maintain the safety of Iowans.\u201d

Reynolds distanced herself from multiple inflammatory comments made the past two weeks by U.S. Rep. Steve King, the western Iowa GOP Congressman and a co-chair of Reynolds\u2019 campaign.

King a week ago reposted on social media an immigration opinion piece by a self-described Nazi sympathizer. On Friday, King reposted a picture of what the original poster said were young Hispanic boys of detained parents, with his own comment that the boys appear to be old enough to be tried as criminals, serve in the military or become gang members.

Also on Friday, King said in a radio interview that he does not want Somali Muslims working in Iowa pork plants because, he said, they wouldn\u2019t eat it themselves based on religious objections and would be hoping whomever does eat it will go to hell.

\u201cThe rationale is that if infidels are eating this pork, (the Muslims) are not eating it,\u201d King said in a Breitbart radio interview, according to a Politico report. \u201cSo as long as they\u2019re preparing this pork for infidels, it helps send them to hell and it must make Allah happy.\u201d

\u201cI don\u2019t want people doing my pork that won\u2019t eat it, let alone hope I go to hell for eating pork chops,\u201d King added.

Iowa Democrats have criticized Reynolds for keeping King as a co-chair for her campaign. She said Friday she does not plan to remove King as a campaign supporter in part because he represents roughly a quarter of the state, but she said she does not agree with King\u2019s comments and added he is not involved in campaign policy discussions.

\u201cWe\u2019re not going to agree on everything,\u201d Reynolds said. \u201cI make it clear when asked where I stand on specific issues, and I\u2019ll continue to do that.\u201d

\"Iowa Press\" will air on Iowa Public Television on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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Canada, Iowa's largest trading partner, should be permanently exempt from the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum, the state's lone Democratic congressman said Friday.

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, urged Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, to permanently exempt Canada from the tariffs.

Canada, along with Mexico and the European Union, initially were exempt from the tariffs on steel and aluminum, which were announced in March. But the exemption has expired.

The duties, along with the administration's threats to impose tariffs on imported automobiles, has rattled U.S. relations with Canada, as it has with other allies. Canada has threatened retaliation.

In a letter to Lighthizer on Friday, Loebsack said this could hurt Iowa's economy.

\"These tit for tat trade actions between the U.S. and Canada put Iowans at risk and could have massive economic impacts in my home state,\" Loebsack said.

Iowa sent more than $4 billion in goods to Canada in 2017, nearly a third of its overall international trade, Loebsack said.

The administration has cited national security reasons for the steel and aluminum tariffs, but Loebsack added in the letter, \"I cannot understand what national security threat Canada poses to the United States in this case.\"

Trump administration officials say it's important to U.S. national security that steel and aluminum manufacturers are healthy.

President Trump also made a new threat Friday over Twitter to impose duties on European Union automobiles.

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A cross at Kirkwood Boulevard and Bridge Avenue in Davenport memorializes Akeim Kenza Hill, 17, of Davenport, who was fatally shot on May 12, 2017.

Akeim Kenza Hill had big dreams.

The 17-year-old dreamed of going to Michigan State University and got an invitation to apply for Yale University\u2019s football program.

He dreamed of one day going all the way\u00a0\u2014 playing in the NFL.

\u201cHis dreams really were about living,\u201d said his mother, Kristina Taylor. \u201cThat\u2019s what he would say; \u2018Get up and live life. You can sleep when you\u2019re dead.\u2019 That\u2019s how he lived life. He had more life than anybody I know. His dream was to live life.\"

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Kristina Taylor smiles while remembering her late son and the joy he brought to her and her family at her home in Davenport on June 8, 2018. Taylor lost her son, Akeim Hill, to gun violence in May 2017. The two suspects arrested in his death are teenagers themselves.

His dream was dashed May 12, 2017. Akeim was fatally shot in broad daylight near a Davenport park.

The two suspects charged in the Davenport teen's death, James Bailey Jr. and Joseph Howard-Rogers Jr., also are teenagers.

Akeim was the youngest among the 12 people killed in shootings in Davenport in 2017. So far in 2018, five shooting deaths have been reported, and three were in their teens.

Between Jan. 1 and June 18, Davenport police responded to 104 confirmed shots-fired incidents. That\u2019s up from 68 incidents reported between January and June 2017, according to data provided by the police department.

The number of vehicle thefts, which primarily are being committed by juveniles, so far this year has reached 247 as of June 18.\u00a0

A recent spike in the already-high juvenile-crime rate compelled city and school officials, police, clergy, non-profit groups and many others to meet June 14 at the Youth Community Action Summit to talk about the burgeoning problem and what they might do about it.

While gun violence and juvenile crime impact the entire community, it is particularly devastating for Taylor and others who must grieve the deadly outcomes.

\u201cIt\u2019s getting common,\u201d the 38-year-old mother said of the murder of teenagers. \u201cIt is so common to where I can\u2019t even remember some of them. It\u2019s so sad and tragic. How many other people have forgotten about Akeim? I\u2019m making sure that\u2019s not happening.\u201d

Taylor sat down this month with the Quad-City Times to talk about Akeim, the impact of his death and the steps she is taking to prevent others from dying ahead of their dreams.

Talking to him \u2018eases my mind\u2019

Although he\u2019s been gone a year, Akeim is very much present in his mom's house.

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Akeim Hill's tuxedo he wore to prom is seen at the home of his mother, Kristina Taylor, in Davenport on June 8, 2018. He attended prom a week before he was fatally shot in May 2017.\u00a0 The tuxedo was recently returned to his mother.\u00a0

In Taylor\u2019s living room are several white poster boards, filled with pictures of Akeim that were displayed at his funeral. There\u2019s a picture of him as a toddler, dressed as Batman. There are pictures of him with his friends, brothers and sisters and a longtime girlfriend. In at least one picture, he is wearing his Davenport North High School football jersey, bearing the number 1.

And tucked behind a TV is a blown-up photo of Akeim, taken a week before he died. He is wearing a black tuxedo, silver tie and white boutonniere.

The tux was with him in his girlfriend\u2019s car when he was murdered. It took more than a year for Taylor to get it back\u00a0\u2014 from high school prom to evidence locker.

Every day, Taylor visits his grave, which is close to her home.

\u201cThat\u2019s exactly what eases my mind\u00a0\u2014 talking to him,\u201d she said. \u201cEspecially on a hard day, a really hard day.\u201d

When asked what she talks to him about, Taylor choked up.

\u201cEverything,\u201d she managed to whisper. \u201cGraduation. I talk to him about the boys\u2019 sentencing and that they pretty much got off scot-free. But that will be for him to talk to them about when it\u2019s their time. I told him, 'Don\u2019t worry; you\u2019re in a place you need to be. They might not be so lucky.' \u201d

Akeim went to Davenport North High School until his junior year, then transferred to Central. His plan was to return to North for graduation. But his mother went to the ceremony without him.

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Kristina Taylor holds up a t-shirt she wore to Davenport North High School's graduation ceremony in honor of her late son at her home in Davenport on June 8, 2018. Taylor lost her son, Akeim Hill, to gun violence in May 2017.\u00a0The two suspects arrested in his death are teenagers themselves.

\u201cIt was hard, very hard,\u201d she said. \u201cYou\u2019re trying to be proud of these parents that get to watch, but at the same time, I had this horrible selfish feeling: My son should be here.\u201d

She wore a white T-shirt that had a picture of Akeim in his football uniform with the words, \u201cTo my son I wish you were here to walk with your class.\u201d

The back of the shirt read, \u201cInstead \u2026 a selfish act of gun violence laid my son to rest. Heavy in our hearts Akeim Kenza Hill 03/02/00-05/12/17.\u201d Also pictured was Akeim\u2019s casket.

\u201cI feel like these teenagers need to see, not necessarily the happy him,\" she said of the shirt. \"They need to see the miserableness of it.\u201d

Back to Davenport

Taylor, originally from Lancaster, Ohio, was 12 when she moved with her mother to Davenport.

\u201cThere are a lot of opportunities here in Davenport for kids and adults, especially if you go to the right track,\u201d she said. \u201cI just knew Iowa was where I always wanted to be.

\u201cSometimes I look around, like, how could you even wake up so evil and mad? Look at all this. It\u2019s beautiful. Look up in the sky. Look at these trees, the plants, the flowers. I mean, it\u2019s beautiful. So I\u2019ve always loved Davenport.\"

She gave birth to her first two boys\u00a0\u2014 Kaalon Jackson and Akeim\u00a0\u2014 in Davenport. She moved to Chicago for a time, but she missed it here and came back to deliver her two youngest sons, Kenye Booth and AmiMikal Booth, at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

\u201cI love Davenport,\u201d she said. \u201cI knew I was coming back. I knew I was coming back.\u201d

Growing up, Taylor said, she felt safe. But that's gone now.

\u201cIt\u2019s scary, because now I\u2019m really nervous to even walk outside,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019m real nervous. We live right by the hospital, so if not every night, every other night, you hear the helicopter, lifting, airlifting somebody to Iowa City. It\u2019s really sad.\u201d

\u2018Angel baby\u2019

Akeim was Taylor's \u201cAngel baby\" from the beginning.

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A photo display showcasing memories of Akeim Hill are seen in the home of his mother, Kristina Taylor, in Davenport on June 8, 2018. Taylor lost her son to gun violence in May 2017. The two suspects arrested in his death are teenagers themselves.

\u201cThe only time Akeim ever cried was when he was teething, and I got that remedied real fast, because I couldn\u2019t see my baby cry,\u201d she said.

Of all her sons, Akeim was the most sensitive. And he sometimes wrote love letters on napkins for the women in his life, including his aunt and his best friend.

The notes would read, \u201cI love you\u00a0\u2014 Akeim\u201d and \u201cLove you forever\u00a0\u2014 Akeim.\"

\u201cThe notes were a surprise,\u201d his mom said. \u201cI couldn\u2019t believe he wrote notes to everyone. The things that Akeim would do for anybody was \u2026 Oh, man. He truly was an angel; just an angel.\u201d

She said her son loved comedy, and she laughed as she remembered the \u201croasting sessions\u201d he had with his friends.

\u201cThey were hilarious,\u201d she said. \u201cI mean, no harm, no foul. It was just fun; good old fun.\u201d

His father, Lucas Hill, died three years ago at the age of 33. He was an all-star football player and had the most running yards at Davenport Central High School, Taylor said.

\u201cAkeim was real proud of that. He always was real proud of it,\u201d she said. \u201cSo, I kept a book for Akeim, and it was from his father. It was all his little clippings, all of his newspaper clippings and everything he had ever been in.\u201d

She said her son\u2019s dream was to go to Michigan State, but that didn't work out, so he was looking at Western Illinois University.

\u201cIt was only two hours away, and I was happy with that,\u201d she said. \u201cBut he really thought he was going to go pro. I said, \u2018Honey, you always have to have a plan B. Anything can happen.\u2019\u201d

Growing up fast

Before his death, Akeim moved into a rental house with his longtime girlfriend. The house, which was owned by the grandfather of his girlfriend, was directly behind Taylor\u2019s old home.

Although she had reservations, she allowed Akeim to live in the house but stressed that he needed to graduate from high school.

\u201cYou weren\u2019t put into a situation that you had to live on your own,\u201d Taylor told her son. \u201cYou can come home if you want to. I want you to come home. But, he just said, \u2018Mom I need to be a man. You need to let me try to show you that I can be a man.\u2019 \u201d

Despite living with his girlfriend, Akeim was always at his mom\u2019s house.

\u201cIt still felt like he was home, because there was not one day that went by that he didn\u2019t come home,\u201d she said.

As time went on, Akeim began to stress about paying utility bills.

\u201cOf course, he would never let me know that,\u201d she said.

\u201cHe had called me before and said, \u2018Hey Mom, would you happen to have 40 or 50 bucks to pay for the water bill?\u2019 I said, \u2018Honey, I don\u2019t get paid this week, and right now I have to pay my gas and light bill, so at this moment, I don\u2019t have it to give it to you.\u2019 \u201d

Akeim told his mother he felt like a \u201cbum\u201d in the eyes of his girlfriend.

About a week before he died, Taylor later learned, her son started selling marijuana to help pay bills.

\u201cAnd I knew right then and there he was already stressing over bills,\u201d she said. \u201cI just can\u2019t even explain to you how he would never associate with that type of \u2026 he wasn\u2019t a thug. He wasn\u2019t in a gang.

\u201cHe just wasn\u2019t that type, so when you hear about this, it shocked me more than anybody. Some people look at it as \u2018Oh, he\u2019s just another drug dealer. Of course, if you get the life of drugs, you\u2019re going to die.\u2019 He wasn\u2019t the life of drugs. That\u2019s why he\u2019s gone. He did not realize the trouble he was in. He didn\u2019t even realize the danger. He had never even held a gun.\u201d

'My baby's OK'

Just before noon on May 12, 2017, Davenport police were called to Kirkwood Boulevard and Bridge Avenue.

The tan Ford Focus his girlfriend had been driving was stopped in the middle of the street. Inside, Akeim was bleeding from two gunshot wounds.

He had been selling marijuana, according to court records, in the area of Cork Hill Park on East 10th Street.

James Bailey Jr., then 17, tried to steal the marijuana, and an argument followed. That's when Joseph Howard-Rogers, then 16, pulled out a gun and shot Akeim.

Taylor was paying her power bill when she got a call from her son, Kaalon, who said the police were at the house. One of the officers said her son had been in an altercation.

\"Never for one second did I think it was Akeim,\" she said.

Police said he'd been shot, but he was still alive.

\"I thought, 'My baby\u2019s OK. He\u2019ll make it,'\" she said. \"Of course, I\u2019m like, 'Where is my son at? Where was this at? Did it happen at school?' \"

At 1:20 p.m. at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street \u2014 where Akeim was born \u2014 he was pronounced dead.

\"At the beginning, I didn\u2019t care about anything except for the kids,\u201d Taylor said. \u201cI didn\u2019t care about working or how I was going to make money or where we were going to live. I just didn\u2019t even care as long as they were with me.

\u201cColors even went away. There were no colors.\u201d

Many people who knew Akeim reached out to his mother after he died. Members of the North football team signed his jersey, which went into the casket with him.

\u201cThey still do (reach out),\u201d Taylor said. \u201cAt first, it was hard because, my thing is that I have to keep it together so other kids don\u2019t lose it, and it\u2019s hard for me to listen and actually say, \u2018Honey, that\u2019s so sweet\u2019 without breaking down. But, they still tell me things. They still tell me things about him.\u201d

Both Bailey and Howard-Rogers were arrested within days of Hill\u2019s death and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Bailey, now 18, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree theft, while Howard-Rogers pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of attempted murder.

They were sentenced May 30 to up to 10 years in prison and up to 25 years in prison, respectively.

Taylor addressed Howard-Rogers in a lengthy victim impact statement, which she read aloud at his sentencing hearing. She wore Akeim\u2019s favorite black White Sox jersey to court.

\u201cI just didn\u2019t understand what happened,\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s why I want to talk to Joseph, and I want to talk to James. I know that\u2019s going to hurt, and I know that\u2019s going to be hard. I would like to know what in your right mind made you think that you could get in that car with my son and shoot him? What did he do that you were scared of? I don\u2019t know. I mean, I\u2019ll never know why, because there is no reason why.

\"There\u2019s no reason to take anybody\u2019s life. You\u2019re going to die anyways. Let God take you when he\u2019s ready.\u201d

\u2018We have to come together\u2019

Since Jan. 1, five people have been killed by gunfire in Davenport.

They are: Chuck Oliver, 47, of Denham Springs, Louisiana; Angel Herrera, 17, of Davenport; Destiny Orr-Clark, 19, of Davenport; Jovontia \u201cJovi\u201d Jones, 16, of Davenport; and Jason Blair Roberts, 46, of Davenport.

As of June 19, no arrests had been made.

Two days after Jones' May 19 death, Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch called a news conference.

\"A 16-year-old male juvenile was shot in broad daylight on a Davenport street and dropped off at a local hospital like he was nothing,\" the mayor said. \"When any 16-year-old dies, it should mean something. It should hurt all of us in the heart. But this is the anatomy of crime in Davenport at this moment.

\"Let me be clear: This was not a random act of violence. This is a criminal subculture with no regard for human life.\"

Klipsch announced the city would host a Youth Community Action Summit, which was held June 14. The goal would be to identify specific problems and brainstorm solutions.

Some say the problems are obvious.

Grown-up fears

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Sheila Burrage talks about what she believes needs to be done in the community to prevent juvenile crime while sitting in Tyler Park in the Davenport neighborhood she grew up in on June 12, 2018. Burrage is the great aunt of Jovontia Jones, who was fatally shot in May 2018. The 16-year-old's death is one reason why Mayor Frank Klipsch organized a summit to address juvenile crime.

Sheila Burrage, 70, has lived in Davenport for much of her life. A former city alderman, she also has worked in corrections and at Annie Wittenmyer.

Jovontia Jones was her great-nephew.\u00a0

On a warm Tuesday night in June, she sat at a picnic table at Tyler Park, where she and her siblings often played as kids. On this night, she noted, there were no kids at the park.

\u201cWe have lost our way in just the basics of a town growing up,\u201d Burrage said. \u201cWhen I was a kid, we would come home, do our chores, run up the street ... and then come home before the street lights come on.\u201d

Some kids today, she said, bear the burdens of adults.

\u201cThe fear of being safe, the fear of having food when they get home, somebody there to greet them\u00a0\u2014 even if they come home last,\" Burrage said. \u201cThey are latch-key kids. They\u2019re overseers of their younger brother and sisters. So, when they take on so much of this what-it takes-to-survive, it creates anxiety and depression.\u201d

She agreed with police that gun violence is systemic.

\u201cIt\u2019s one layer after another that finally gets to the point where someone\u2019s not able to make a good decision,\u201d she said.

When she was a Davenport alderwoman several years ago, Burrage said, the city was beginning to see an increase in gun violence. She thinks contributing factors include reality television and social media. Also that it's easier today for teenagers to get guns.

\u201cNobody needed one but ... now they fear for their lives, so they need a gun, because the other guy has a gun,\u201d she said. \u201cSo now we\u2019ve got an epidemic of gun violence, due to the fact of the fear of something happening to somebody based on what someone said or did.\u201d

Big problems will require big solutions.

\u201cWe\u2019re in some perilous times, and we\u2019re all going to have to come together and get our heads together and roll up our sleeves,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is a match that has no match.\u201d

Akeim's mom thinks juvenile crime is up in Davenport, because kids today are \u201cnot even truly enjoying what life could be.\u201d

Instead, she said, they are \u201cmaking plans to rob and even kill.\u201d

Taylor also agreed with Burrage, saying it's too easy for teenagers to get guns, and they need more positive things to occupy their time.

And she wants people to know it\u2019s \u201cnot all bad kids\u201d who are finding trouble.

\u201cBecause Akeim was literally just trying to make money for his bills,\u201d she said. \u201cHe didn\u2019t mean no harm. He didn\u2019t realize. I wish people knew who he was. He was such a kind heart.\u201d

\u2018Akeim\u2019s Dreams\u2019

Since her son's murder, Taylor has talked to kids about gun violence and is starting \u201cAkeim\u2019s Dreams\u201d to help kids in the community.

Her goal is to create a space for teenagers and their families to help with a host of problems and offer positive experiences and fun activities her son would have loved.

Some of those activities include \u201cMadden Monday,\u201d which will include video game competitions; Tuesday \u201cTaco and Talk\u201d night where families can \u201ctalk about anything;\u201d a movie night and sports.

She hopes to be up and running by next summer.

\u201cActual interaction is what I\u2019m hoping for,\u201d she said. \u201cAbsolutely zero tolerance; No fights, no drama.\u201d

The day Bailey and Howard-Rogers were sentenced, Taylor gave an interview to a local TV station and talked about Akeim and her thoughts on gun violence. Afterward, she received several messages through Facebook, including from a man who said Akeim seemed like a \u201creally cool dude\u201d and offered to help.

\u201cStuff like that makes me feel better, because I know people are here,\u201d she said.

Another woman told Taylor her son had been shot in the head while standing outside his aunt\u2019s home with a friend. She wanted to know how Taylor deals with the pain.

\u201cI told her, \u2018Well, I keep Akeim very close to me. I talk about him daily. I let others know, including the family of the boys that took my son, that they made a mistake. My son was an angel, and he was a gift. I will keep his spirit alive. I also keep faith that I will be reunited with my baby again.\u2019 \u201d

She continued: \u201cNot one single day goes by that I don\u2019t cry. I said, \u2018I go sit with my son at his place of rest, especially on those really, really hard days, and I talk to him. I close my eyes and breathe, and it\u2019s almost as if he\u2019s talking into my ears.\u2019

\"I said \u2018I will pray for you, Babe, and try, try not to live in sorrow but look for the lighter part of our eternity with our angels.\u201d

Big Story: Akiem's dream and his mother's nightmare
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