A Roanoke mom is hoping to turn her heartbreak into action

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A grandmother is spreading the word about the newly- formed Roanoke chapter of the group, Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence.
It's something that's affected her own life.

Karen Cobb hopes sharing her story will spare other families from a similar tragedy

Karen Cobb is a woman on a mission.

The Parkland school shooting, and the recent loss of her friend's son to gun violence stirred something within her.

Those two incidents echoed her own son's violent death back in 2008.

"The murderer came in and just started shooting" says Cobb.

Cobb's son, Kyle was a 2001 graduate of William Fleming High School.

Seven years later, while living in Florida as an up and coming rapper, he and a friend were shot multiple times by a gunman during a home invasion.

Another man, who was also shot, managed to call police and stayed there with Kyle.

"He held him until he passed away. And that does give me a little bit of relief knowing that he wasn't alone when he passed away. And that does give me a little bit of relief knowing that he wasn't alone" says Cobb.

Her son's killer was caught and sentenced to three life terms, without the possibility of parole.

Kyle had a daughter.

Being a grandmother also inspired Cobb to help launch Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence the Roanoke Valley.

"I look at my granddaughter now, and she's in her first year of middle school, and I want her to be safe," she says.

If you're interested in becoming involved with the Roanoke chapter of Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence, Cobb says the best thing to do is find their page on Facebook.