‘I know how it feels on both sides’: Mother of murder victim learns relative is charged in recent shooting

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Lydia Faucette took out her phone.

"I'll show you my favorite picture," she said, pulling up a photo of a young boy, dressed in a white shirt and red bow tie. "He was my only child. And I was 35 when I had him. The doctor said I couldn't have a baby. But God changed that and blessed me with my son for 22 years."

But only 22 years.

Her son, Anthony Jones, was shot and killed on her front porch on Avon Avenue in Burlington in 2012.

"When I go home every day, there's still a hole in my door from the gunshot," she said.

Since Anthony's death, Faucette has committed herself to helping Burlington police fight crime however she can. So Tuesday morning, Faucette joined Burlington police officers as they announced an arrest in a recent shooting on Caswell Street.

She did not know the name of the man arrested until police read it aloud -- Micah Keishaun Cameron, charged with attempted murder.

Police had no idea that was Faucette's great-grandnephew.

"That was really a surprise," Faucette said. "Devastating to my heart. It really hurt to know I'm here for one thing, and then I come and find that my family member is involved in a murder."

Faucette said she had heard Cameron was going down the wrong path and had tried to get in touch with him.

"These are shoes I wouldn't want anyone to walk in today," she said, fighting back tears."Today, I know how it feels on both sides. You know the victim's side and the one that had committed the crime's side. And it hurts."

Her relative's arrest, Faucette said, will only strengthen her commitment to encouraging youth to find a better way.

"I want to be a help to the police department," she said. "Whatever I can do to change Alamance County. We need to stop this. We need to stop this today."

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