A mother continues to cope with the loss of her son, helping others through a support group

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — It will be four years since Nevander Tardy was found shot and killed on Rockcreek Drive in July 2018.

Since then, Nevander’s mother continues to search and pray for answers, while turning the tragedy into something positive.

The Tardy case is still unsolved.

“It’s heartbreaking, that was my son, it’s heartbreaking. But you keep going, you keep pushing,” Temple Satterfield Bowen says, as she recalls the loss of her son.

Temple continues to face this tragedy every day, finding strength in faith.

“I can’t question the when and I can’t question the why, because I know God has his own purpose,” she adds.

Amid the tragedy, Temple began looking for a way to help other mothers going through something similar, creating the “NOT My Child” support group.

“The support group is more about helping each other move on, everyone deals with death and loss in different ways. But this support group is for those who have lost loved ones because of the violence. It really helps to talk to someone who’s been there. Because if you haven’t been there, you don’t understand,” says Satterfield Bowen.

As she prepares to commemorate her son’s memory in the coming days, she remains optimistic that her son will get justice.

“I still keep in touch with the lead detective, every Friday we text. I still feel very good that lead detective Detective Wright is still pursuing the case,” she also said.

And with more questions than answers four years later, she’s encouraging those who might know something to do the right thing.

“Speak up because these deaths of our young men continue to happen. Don’t wait for it to come to you. Don’t wait, speak now. These murders leave children behind, they devastate families and it’s not fair,” she said.

And through her support group, she teaches others that through tragedy, she found a way to honor her son’s life.

“Hold the word, push the word, say the word, that there’s support. There’s support, there’s positive coming out of it even though it’s a loss, it’s a loss but there’s there are positives,” she said.

The next “NOT My Child” support group meeting will be July 23 at the 11th Street Baptist Church, 1035 Kenton Street.

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