Isaiah Powell's mother: 'My son is not a bully'
For the first time since his death, Isaiah Powell's family tells the community who the 13-year-old stabbing victim really was.
Isaiah's mother Shannon Perez, says what the community think they know about what led up to the final moments of Isaiah's life, is not true.
"My son is not a bully," she said through tears Tuesday.
Isaiah Powell died February 27, 2015, the day Perez says her life was ruined.
"I fear every day my kids are going to die," she said.
In the weeks since 16-year-old Dylan Yang was convicted of stabbing and killing her son, Perez says the picture that has been painted of her Isaiah is not the right one.
"People who say my son was a bully it's not fair because he's not here to defend himself," she said. "He's not here to prove anybody any different... he would have given the shirt off his back for anybody."
"Isaiah was a child, not a gang member," his older sister, Alexis Powell, said.
Isaiah was one of six children. Alexis and his oldest sister Autumn say the three of them were inseparable.
I still wake up in the middle of the night crying for him,' Autumn said. "Or [I] cry all the time out of nowhere because I just feel so incomplete."
"That piece of me is gone. That was my best friend," Alexis recalled. "...That was my life."
They say he was goofy, that Isaiah enjoyed fishing, cooking, and playing basketball.
"Someone else took that from us," Alexis said. "Someone else took his life. He didn't choose when he got to die so why should someone else pick that for him?"
It's a choice Isaiah's mother said she forgives.
"Do I feel like Dylan deserves 60 years in prison? I don't," she said. "He's a kid. I do feel like he needs to serve some time to know what he did was wrong."
Time, she says, that leads to the loss of two lives, not just one.
"My heart hurts for his mother because I lost my son and in a sense she lost hers too."