Family and friends held Valerie Lackey up as she walked toward the last place where her son was seen alive.
“It’s like a dream,” she said while wiping away tears.
Lackey’s son, 18-year-old Tyquan Lackey was one of three people shot during a Sweet 16 party near the corner of Taylor and Maryland Avenues in East Columbus.
“He had no enemies so, I don’t know where this came from, how it happened, why it happened,” said Lackey.
Police are still investigating who may have pulled the trigger.
“I want them to remember my son,” she said. “He was loved by everybody. And it’s no reason for him to be taken from this world at the age of 18.”
Two days after the deadly shooting, Tyquan’s loved ones held a vigil in his honor. Those who attended held hands while reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
“He loved everybody,” Lackey said tearfully. “Everybody loved him.”
Lackey now hopes that her son’s murder will somehow spark a turnaround in a community plagued by gun and drug activity.
“It has to stop. It really has to stop,” she said.
The two other victims involved in the case are expected to be okay.