(10/25/12) - Turning grief into good is the mission of a Saginaw County woman.
Tiffany Goodman's son was murdered three years ago, and even though there was at least one witness to the crime, no one has come forward to help arrest a suspect.
That's why she has written a play to get the community to speak up.
"I cannot give up. I cannot give up the fight. As a mother, I cannot just sit back and let this go. I want justice for the murder of my son," Goodman said.
It's hard for Tiffany Goodman to talk about her son without getting emotional. Ste'von had just turned 18 when he was shot and killed on Hess Street in 2009. He had just enlisted in the Navy.
"He wasn't the type of kid that was involved in gangs and drugs and violence," she said. "So when this happened, it's like, who would do this to him and why?"
His family and police believe it was a case of mistaken identity. That's why Tiffany wrote a play called "Speak Up. Speak Out. A Mother's Cry Against Violence."
"This isn't just my cry. This is a cry that so many mother's all over the world has experienced. Sad to say, so many of our black men are being murdered and there's no justice," she said.
Soon, the play will make its premier. Tickets went on sale Thursday.
"This play, it speaks against bullying, violence, it addresses the whole 'no snitch code' because as a community, if our people don't begin to speak up, don't begin to speak out, they don't report crimes and murders, it will continue to happen," Goodman said.
Seventeen people will perform on the stage in December. Tiffany will play herself in the production. She described one of the scenes in her play.
"After the incident takes place, there's a courtroom scene and I'm crying out to the public for help, for justice, for someone to speak up, for someone to speak out, for someone to come forward and relieve me of my grief and my pain, tell the police who murdered my son," she said.
The play is Dec. 7 and 8 at the Temple Theatre in Downtown Saginaw. Ticket are $22.
You can buy tickets at The Temple Theatre in downtown Saginaw.
Goodman also plans to open the play to students in the Saginaw School district on December 7th. She says it will be free for students on that day.
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