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Mom tried to keep family from complex

Like any loving mother, Regina Bellamy remembers the minute her first child was born: 8:53 a.m. June 24, 1981.

She never thought she'd know the minute he'd die.

But Kenya Bellamy, the oldest of her three children, was shot to death at 9:37 p.m. Aug. 21 at the one place his mother thought she had left behind - Carlisle Lakes.

On a nurse's salary, Regina Bellamy had been able to afford the rent there, but couldn't take the stress. Sick of the gunfire and violence, Bellamy and her three children moved to Fort Myers in 1999.

But "Kenya worked just long enough to get a bus ticket back to Tampa," said Bellamy.

He eventually found trouble. He was arrested 10 times between 2000 and 2006, often on cocaine charges.

Police say drugs lured him back to Carlisle Lakes, where an ecstasy deal gone bad led to his death.

Kenya wanted to be a real estate agent and had taken seminars, his mother said. He helped her find the house she moved into in Land O'Lakes this year.

They finally had room for the whole family: Regina Bellamy, her two younger children, and Kenya and his girlfriend and their toddler.

On Sundays, the house was filled with laughter and the smells of soul food.

Six weeks after they moved in, days after unpacking the last box, Kenya was killed.

Local news stories "made it sound like he was just another drug dealer shot down in the street," said Bellamy.

"Every time a person dies," she said, "we need to stop being like 'that's just another n----- gone.' "

"No! That was somebody's somebody who deserves justice."

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