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Family honoring Alex Becker for National Act of Kindness Day on Feb. 17

The 22-year-old was shot and killed in a St. Paul alley while walking home from work the night of Dec. 27.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Some memories are unforgettable.

"Christmas Eve, before we went to bed, I took a picture of them," said Tara Becker, while looking at a photo collage shared at her son's funeral.

For Tara Becker, one memory is this photo on a collage showing her 22-year-old son Alex with his siblings during happier times.

"This right here is the last picture of them together," said Tara.

Alex's life was tragically stripped away back on Dec. 27. He was on his way home from work when he was shot and killed just steps away from his mother's home.

"Losing Alex is not just a loss to our family, it's a loss to our community, to our state, just kind of person he was, if he was a part of your life he made your life better, and not having him there makes it a lot worse," she said.

But instead of focusing on the tragedy.

"I didn't want his memory, to be about the senseless thing that happened to him," she said.

His family wanted to do something to honor his life - for National Act of Kindness Day on February 17th.

"The 'Act of Kindness' was the first thing that resonated with me, it was who Alex was," she said.

Alex's aunt, Hidy Hammarsten, says she mentioned the idea to her sister to help ease the pain of Alex's loss, showing the person he was to those who knew him best and strangers alike. 

"It's just simple tasks, we're not asking for a lot and it won't cost you any money, hold the door for someone or talk to a neighbor you think maybe lonely," she said.

A simple gesture. "He wanted everyone to always feel welcomed, and taken care of," said Tara.

In honor of Alex - and the way he lived. "For me, it's the rest of my life, I want to be good for people and spread that love he had," said Tara.

"To continue it every year, to get as many people in the world to do it," said Hammarsten.

To find out how you can join the 'National Act of Kindness Day' in Alex's honor, visit the Facebook page here.

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