LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The first day of school was always exciting for Dequante Hobbs and one of his mother's fondest memories.

"That brought me light and joy to see him smile wave to all his friends and say, 'I'm back! School started!' said Micheshia Norment, Dequante's mother.

But weeks before the new school year, two months after the 7-year old was shot and killed, it's now also Norment's most painful memory.

A new campaign, however, is helping her cope.

Starting Wednesday, her foundation "Justice 4 Lil 1's" will be giving out thousands of free bookmarks paid for by music mogul Master P in honor of Dequante's love for books and the library.

"It should encourage students to stay in school stay positive," Norment said. 

Dequante's loved ones spent Tuesday sorting through stacks of T-shirts and bookmarks with the 7-year old's picture, gearing up for the big campaign. They hope the items will find their way into the hands of thousands of children across Kentuckiana.

"We're going to be trying to get them to community centers," Christopher 2X said. "We're going to start, of course, where he would have been going back to school."

After such a painful summer, it's all bringing Norment some measure of comfort.

"I feel like it keeps his name alive and them looking at his picture will be like, 'Ooo I want to be like Lil Q! I want to read what Lil Q read!'" she said. "I feel it'll probably help a little bit. But it's not like having my son there and walking into school walking him into class."

Right now, they have 10,000 bookmarks to give away. Norment will be at Wellington Elementary on the first day of school to give free bookmarks to all of Dequante's classmates.

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