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Team Kenai

My name is Debra and I am the grandmother of Kenai Whyte who was murdered in February 2016. Kenai was a sweet, loving and caring 3-year-old, a happy little boy. Our world has been forever changed without him. This is the reason I walk. Not only for peace but for unity and love for our city.

We all want justice but some of us get justice and some of us do not. I do not feel Kenai got justice at all. 12 years is no time for taking a 3-year-old child’s life.

Although no amount of time will bring Kenai back, as long as I have breath and the ability to walk, I will keep Kenai’s life alive so that he is never forgotten. His precious life was taken way too soon.

My grandson was so full of love. He had this infectious smile that would light up the whole room. Kenai was so full of energy and had his whole life ahead of him.

Kenai would want us to go on with life. That is why I am asking you to join me and countless others at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. I am also asking for donations for the Peace Institute, so they can continue to help those that are left behind to grieve the loss of our loved ones.

No amount is too small.

Team Kenai, let’s do this again!

Debra Morris

ABOUT 2019 Mother's Day Walk for Peace

Every year in the United States, approximately 15,000 people are murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate people directly impacted by that loss. It is safe to say each year there are at least 150,000 new survivors of homicide victims dealing with the emotional, physical and financial stress of losing a loved one to a traumatic death such as murder. This is not including extended family members, classmates/colleagues, teachers/students, entire communities. Nor does this number include families who are impacted by a loved one committing a murder. Together we can heal and have an impact. 


Rise Up! Walk with us.  The Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-three years later, the Mother’s Day Walk continues to be a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our partners in peacemaking. The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. We hope you will help us raise our goal of $400,000 so we can continue to work to tip the scale toward justice for families and communities that are stigmatized by murder. 


All walkers must register. Registration cost this year is $10 per walker, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration fees go to help us reach our goal of $400,000 to sustain our programs and services.

Name Date Amount Comments
Lael Morris 05/10/2019 $10.00  
Shella Vetiac 05/10/2019 $100.00 God bless Paul & Debra!
Jay Fleming 05/09/2019 $20.00 Supporting TEAM KENAI,
Cheryl Kersey 05/01/2019 $25.00 Supporting TEAM KENAI
Valerie Pruitt 04/26/2019 $25.00  
Antoinette Williams 04/20/2019 $10.00  
The Evans Family 04/14/2019 $25.00 Kenai we love and miss you... keep shining your light down here on earth
STACEY MARSHALL 04/14/2019 $10.00  
Kenai Morris 04/14/2019 $20.00  
Hugh Coleman 04/12/2019 $25.00 Kenai will always be in our Hearts ♥️
Sandra Morris 04/11/2019 $10.00  
Bill Sizemore 04/10/2019 $10.00  
Kenai Morris 04/10/2019 $2.00 Thank you for your service
Raymond Collins 04/10/2019 $5.00  
Joan Whyte 04/10/2019 $25.00  
Ashley Smith-Coleman 04/10/2019 $5.00 With love from the TN Coleman Family. We pray the walk goes well and that you reach the goal needed.
Sandra Morris 03/22/2019 $10.00  
Linda Bannister 03/21/2019 $20.00 Peace and love to the family
Janice Johnson 03/20/2019 $50.00 If love could have kept you my nephew you would have lived for ever!
  Total $2,579.00  
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