Mom of Teen Beaten to Death Calls for Change in Juvenile Justice System

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The mother of 18-year-old Bobby Tillman, who was beaten to death after a house party early Sunday morning, is lobbying for tougher juvenile laws.

Monique Rivarde tells WXIA she will campaign for a new law named after her son requiring mandatory counseling for teen offenders with tougher punishment for kids who keep getting in trouble.

As for the four teens charged with murdering her son, she feels that it’s too late for them.

In the wake of Tillman’s murder, more than 600 people attended a teen summit Thursday night in Douglassville to discuss ways to stop senseless violence in the community. The crowd included high school and college age kids along with school and law enforcement officials, according to the AJC.

Check out Fox Atlanta’s live report from the summit below.

As reported this week, Tillman was killed after a house party that started out small but ended up with about 70 kids. After parents ended the party, a fight broke out outside the house between two girls.

According an account from the Douglas County Sherriff, one of the girls hit a boy. The boy allegedly said he wouldn’t hit a girl but would hit the next guy that walked by. Five-foot-6-inch, 124-pount Tillman was stomped and beaten and died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

To catch up this story, here are some useful links:

AJC: In Response to Bobby Tillman’s Death

FOX Atlanta: Rally Held to Remember Murdered Teen

WSB-TV: Beating Suspects Say They Are Innocent

WXIA: Beating Victim’s Mom Wants “Bobby’s Law”

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