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'There's no greater pain' Suitland resident Reginald Fletcher walked into a crossfire July 11, 1987. He didn't walk out alive. Twelve years later, his wife, Sarah Fletcher began readjusting to life without her husband. But just then, her youngest son, Ricky, was killed in June 1998. And eight months later, she lost her daughter Chrystal, who was nine months pregnant at the time. Chrystal's boyfriend, Reginald Caldwell, shot her, killing Chrystal and her unborn baby. He then killed himself. In Laurel, Damien G. Brown was at a house party Nov. 20, when a bullet pierced through the ceiling and struck him to death, leaving his parents John Thompson and Juanita Brown of Hyattsville, grief stricken. A motion hearing for the teen ager charged with his death is scheduled for today. Temple Hills teen ager Steven Sellman, a 4.0 honor roll student at Crossland High School, was heading home from a homecoming game last year when he was shot by his sister's friends twice in the back and once in the thigh. He never made it home. "My whole life died right there," his mother, Cecelia Sellman said. "I felt like I lost all my children because these were friends of my daughter." Sellman's 15 year old son was murdered in a drive by shooting in District Heights May 31 last year. Howard Russell and Larry Pipper were arrested and charged with the crime. Pipper, who drove the car, pleaded guilty June 1 at the Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Russell's trial started May 31 before Judge Robert H. Mason. Last month Police Chief John Farrell announced a 15 percent overall reduction in violent crime. But to these and other people who have lost loved ones to violent crime, the statistics don't make the pain more bearable. In the past two years, 192 people have been shot to death in Prince George's County, according to police data. Some of the relatives left behind have attempted suicide, others are on antidepressant medication, and many struggle to take life one day at a time. Some direct their anger at God for letting someone hurt their loved ones. Others aim theirs at gun advocates without them, they argue, fewer people would have been killed. Still, the victims agree they experience untold emotional and mental torture. "I've been devastated," said Juanita Brown, the Hyattsville mother whose 26 year old son was killed at a house party in Laurel last year, leaving behind four children. He was merely escorting a female friend to the party held in the basement, according to Brown. An argument broke out in the basement space used for the party and shots were fired. One of the bullets ripped through the ceiling and hit her son upstairs, where he was trying to get something to eat. "I just can't get myself together," Brown said. "I miss my child but he [the person charged with the shooting] still has his life. My son was a loving, fun and caring person; everyone loved him and he was a good husband." Carolyn Lusby, a Bowie resident whose 14 year old son, Russell Lusby, was fatally shot by his friend's uncle last month, understands Brown's grief. "When you lose a child, there's no greater pain," Lusby said May 16 at a weekly support group for victims of violence at the Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation, a victims' rights advocacy group based in Upper Marlboro. "I have three other sons and I've tried to keep my family together and help them move on, but it's not easy." Like Lusby, Sellman cannot get over the loss of her son, Steven. "That coward shot him at the back like he was an animal, he couldn't even wait for him to turn around. Now see where I am now a lonely mother," she said. "I always thought that my son would be burying me, but I buried my son; we all buried our sons. "This is crazy for my husband and I," Sellman said. This is a terrible tragedy that we still don't understand, and we're hoping we'll find out something in the next few days."Changed livesSteven's death has changed the lives of many, Sellman said. "He used to help her senior citizen neighbors cut their grass, and sometimes took them to the grocery store. Now those seniors are helpless. And her husband has become weaker than she ever knew him to be. "Our whole life was suckled around our son," Sellman said. 'We wanted him to be perfect. Well, maybe not perfect, but we wanted him to have the opportunity to have what parents want for their children." Often, Sellman would go into Steven's room, sit on his bed and just clench his shirt to smell the cologne he wore on the homecoming night that he was murdered. Clinton resident Robin Bell believes that gun advocates do not get it. Her only brother, Lamont Joshua, 31, was killed May 6 last year by Homer Nathaniel Heath a 44 year old employee he hired at his Scotty's Professional Landscaping company in Detroit. Heath was attempting to rob the company when he fatally shot his employer Joshua. "Until it happens to them, they'll never understand," Bell said. When her brother was killed last year, her world crashed. For her, he was her best friend and confidant. Although Heath was sentenced to between 30 and 40 years in prison, Bell does not think he should be alive when her brother is not. At times, even Bell does not feel like living without her brother. "He should have gotten life in prison without the possibility of parole or death penalty," Bell said. "I'm a little skeptical of people, but he had a tendency to help people regardless of where they come from." With Bell, some days are better than others, but May 24 was particularly terrible. It was her birthday, and her brother usually called her early in the morning with birthday wishes. Last month, she waited in vain for him to call with birthday wishes, so her rage against the convicted killer grew. Bell is as bitter with her brother's killer as she is with the criminal justice system. "They would rather put people in jail longer for abusing an animal than keep murderers in jail," she said last month. 'Victims have no rights'Theresa Baker, a Brandywine resident, agrees. "That's because victims have no rights, criminals have all the rights," said Baker, whose only son, John Francis Baker, was murdered May 8, 1991.