Woman's passion for fashion honors slain brother

Associated Press Modified: September 25, 2012 at 3:16 am •  Published: September 25, 2012
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Kala Wilburn didn't know how to react after she received word her brother, Antonio Anthony, was shot and killed in 2011 on the city's north side.

"I don't know how to feel about this," Wilburn, 27, said after the shooting that claimed the life of her 22-year-old brother, Antonio Anthony. "All I know is I have to continue to depend on the word of God. I have to be strong for my family."

Now, nearly a year later, Wilburn has fallen back on her "passion for fashion" to commemorate her brother and to help make a positive change on a community that all to often sees its young people make negative decisions.

Wilburn, a graduate of Flint Southwestern and Central Michigan University, now designs and sells bracelets encouraging people to "stop the violence."

But the bracelets aren't just empty words. Customers are asked to make a pledge to help improve the world around them when they purchase a bracelet.

Some pledged to stop the violence, while others have agreed to become mentors and help people register to vote.

"The bracelet is kind of like a reminder," Wilburn said.

Making the bracelets also serve as a reminder for Wilburn, who moved to New York to work for Marc Ecko for three years after graduating from college.