organization hosts its 5th annual stop the violence parade

PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) — The Justice for Fatrell Queen Organization held its annual Stop the Violence Parade, in hopes of spreading awareness of senseless acts of gun violence.

“What happened to our kids, there’s no closure”? says Rosalyn Handerson, a loving mother who lost her son to gun violence.

According to Rosalyn Henderson, her son was named Kevin Hardy Jr, however, he is known as Queasha in the community, and classifies as Transgender.

Queasha enjoyed being a hairstylist, singing, and dancing, at any chance she got. She made everyone laugh and was the ‘Life’ of any party or event she attended. She recently started her own salon named So Federal Styles. She was a fashionista and loved makeup.

On July 27, 2020, Quesasha was killed by senseless gun violence in Baton Rouge.

Henderson says she has not had justice yet, and that a day goes by and it doesn’t get any easier. She knows other mothers in the community who struggle as well. “It sparks something in me because I feel that they are going through the same pain, that I have endured,” she said.

Another mother who lost her son to senseless acts of gun violence is Tara Snearl. Snearl’s son Fatrell Queen, was shot in his own home in Port Allen on November 17, 2017.

In 2021, nearly four years after Queen’s body was found inside his bedroom closet, still, to this day there is still no Justice for Fatrell.

Fatrell was known as a loving father to his young daughter. He was a warehouse package handler. He also enjoyed football and basketball on occasion.

The family created the organization Justice for Fatrell Queen to raise awareness regarding acts of senseless violence and to also provide a place of solidarity and comfort to families who have been impacted by such tragedies.

According to Snearl, the organization created the “Stop the Violence Parade.” The family decided a parade is the best way to bring people together and spread awareness about their message.

“Our theme this year, is taking our communities back, block by block, so wherever we start at, we want to continue to connect the block,” said Snearl.

Multiple families had floats representing the loved ones they lost due to gun violence. The parade also featured school bands, 4-wheelers, and lots of candy.

The parade occurs annually every October, during Fatrell’s Queen birthday month.