Sharika Sharie Bowman was a 34 year old Mom of five young children living in Georgia. Her family and friends affectionately called her “Redd”. She was originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Shakira was the oldest of four children. She had moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia from Michigan to start a better life for herself and her own children, too.
Her friends describe her as have a huge, contagious smile and a passion for drawing.
She and her boyfriend, 30 year old Keitren Foots, had been together for quite some time. Things seemed to be going well for the couple.
Sharika’s children liked him and that was extremely important to Sharika.
She loved her children more than anything, and they were her whole world. For this Mom, the Keitren and her children all got along was a big deal.
However, the newfound perfect life that Sharika had started would soon be no more.
Having to be a single mother and provide for one child is extremely difficult. For Sharika to have to provide for all five of her children, who ranged in ages 16, 13, 15, 1, and 1 month old, nothing was easy.
She found happiness though in Keitren. He was someone that supported and cared for her.
She trusted him, and was happy her children had a male figure like this in their life.
Sharika was very focused on her career. Often times she worked long shifts as in order to advance and learn as much as possible.
During this time, she was also working towards becoming a registered nurse.
It wasn’t going to be an easy task considering how busy she always was.
However, she knew that if she set her mind to it – she’d be able to accomplish it in time. It also allowed her to set a strong example for her children that you need to be able to support yourself.