Detroit mother speaks out about gun violence solutions after losing 2 sons to shootings since 2019

Delmahn Alford will be sentenced Wednesday for murder along with five other felony assault convictions

DETROIT – A Detroit mother spoke out about gun violence solutions after she lost two sons to shootings since 2019.

Michigan has passed a series of gun control measures in the past few months, with the latest being the red flag law signed just this week.

But the Detroit mom says more needs to be done on the back end to deter potential shooters.

One of her son’s convicted killers will be sentenced Wednesday (May 24).

He made a plea deal, which the mom says is part of the gun violence problem.

“My son was murdered, Tymarian Tiller, on December 13, 2019, on Lafayette and Chene,” said the mother. “He was leaving the party store when a young man who was harassing him for the longest chased him out the party store and took his life.”

Local 4 had interviewed the mother three times over the past three years, with the first time coming just before Christmas of 2019 when her son Tiller was gunned down because he simply declined to buy marijuana from a man outside of a liquor store.

In April 2022, we were investigating the murder of Tyrone Parker, who was shot after being set up for a robbery.

When we met with his mother, it was Tiller’s mother, as she had lost two sons to gun violence.

She’s afraid of being targeted for speaking out and wants to be heard but not seen.

“It is rough,” said the mother. “I have nightmares. I am dealing with pain. It is really tough for me.”

Tiller’s killer will be sentenced Wednesday after making a plea deal which, to the mom, she says the answer to the problem of gun violence is no plea deals but harsh sentences.

“They need the max,” the mother said. “My thing is you took a life, and they should not see their life as they are behind bars ever again.”

Delmahn Alford will be sentenced Wednesday for murder along with five other felony assault and felony weapons convictions.

Alford could get between 12 to 30 years, but the mother says only a life sentence could send the proper message that needs to be heard.

About the Authors:

Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.