Vigil held for 12-year-old boy shot, killed in Hyde Park
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday morning in the Hyde Park neighborhood, according to Memphis Police Department.
The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. on Dana Drive near the intersection of North Hollywood Street.
Police said the victim, later identified as Devin Johnson, was shot and killed while sleeping in his bed.
Devin's death has left his family devastated, and they are begging for answers how something like this could have happened.
The raw emotion, the pain and the hurt, came out during a vigil for Devin on Saturday night.
Prayer to the heavens above is all this family can do after losing a loved one so young.
"Father please!" said Devin's uncle Alan Berry. "Please help us Lord."
Devin Johnson was just a 7th grader at Grandview Middle School.
"I'm so broken and I'm so hurt," said Devin's mother Cecelia Berry. "I'm never going to see my son again."
Johnson's mother says she never heard the gunshot, and she woke up to Johnson's sister screaming.
"All I heard was my son's name and I took off running out the room to his side," Cecelia said. "And I found my son lying in blood."
The family, many of whom were sleeping during the shooting, doesn't know what happened, but they believe someone broke into their home and shot Devin and left without taking anything.
"Why? Why you have to take my son's life?" Cecelia said. "It wasn't even worth it. He was still a baby."
"We will forever carry him with us," Alan said.
As they released balloons, hoping to reach him in the sky, this family demands the shooter goes behind bars.
"Let them catch him!" Alan said. "Please let them catch him!"
So far, Memphis police have not made any arrests. Police said the suspect fled the scene and was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans.
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