HONOLULU (KITV) — Dishaun Walton would have been 37-years-old this year.
Like the birthdays before, it’s one he would’ve spent surrounded by the people he loves.
“Everywhere he went, I went and my mother used to tease me. She goes “I live my life through him, pretty much” but he was all I had,” Carmella Belk, Walton’s mother, said.
But his life was unexpectedly cut short after a deadly altercation with his friend Kentric Dunmore in Waikiki in October 2017.
“He was the other half of me, and usually you say that when you’re married. But I wasn’t married so I focused all on shaun,” Belk said.
On Tuesday Carmella Belk attended Dunmore’s sentencing.
“I’ve been trying to get myself to where I can forgive him, but it’s a rough road. It’s very hard to accept,” Belk said.
A road of hurt that hasn’t fully healed, but for Belk there is comfort knowing that not all of her son is lost.
“Two people got his kidney, and a person has a liver. And then he did donate parts to research,” Belk said.
Before Walton passed, he signed-up to donate his organs, something he was inspired to do after a donor saved someone close to him.
“There’s a good feeling in me, knowing that I raised him right to want to help people, all the way ’til your last day,” Belk said.
College brought Walton to Hawai’i in 2001 and took him all over the world, a bond Belk plans to keep.
“On his birthdays, I wanna celebrate in different places that I think he might have wanted to be,” Belk said.
And no matter where she travels, he’ll always be by her side.
“Every time I feel I need to be near him I rub it. And it has his date of birth and when he was deceased, and a picture of me and him inside. Sorry, but this I will never take off because it’s pretty much what I have left of him.
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