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Mom shares story of son's life before his suicide death: He was considered 'different' and he was bullied

Monique Davis strives to spread positivity through her son's foundation because that's what he would want her to do.

Ciara Bri'd Frisbie

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Published: 9:18 PM EST January 21, 2022
Updated: 7:42 PM EST January 26, 2022

Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of death by suicide involving children. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. 

Early fall through winter months are usually a time of joy and excitement for families. From football season, to spending quality time with loved ones, to holiday festivities -- it's a time that brings people together. 

But for Monique Davis, these months represent the grief she feels after losing her 10-year-old son, Jamari Terrell Williams, to suicide on Oct 11, 2017. 

"I raised Jamari and his brother to love others as God loves you. I feel I taught my son to love others but some individuals didn't love him back," said Davis.

The Alabama native's story is one of dozens that a team of investigative journalists with 11Alive found during its investigation into why young Black children are dying by suicide at rates two-times higher than their white peers in America.