The mom of Dequante Hobbs Jr. stated that whereas she’s completely happy a suspect was arrested for her son’s dying, it nonetheless does not erase her grief.
“Daily I say to myself, ‘I would like my son again,'” Micheshia Norment stated. “I do know someone’s in custody. However on the finish of the day, it nonetheless will not deliver my son again.”
It has been almost three months since her son, 7-yr-previous Dequante Hobbs, was killed. He was hit by a stray bullet whereas sitting on the kitchen desk, consuming a bedtime snack.
However on Wednesday, Norment heard the information she’s been ready for.
“(Detectives) got here into my residence, sat on my sofa, and was like, ‘We obtained him. He is arrested for homicide,'” Norment stated.
The household stated they do not know the suspect, 23-yr-previous Wyatt Williams, who police stated fired photographs throughout a cube recreation at an deserted home subsequent door. However they need him to pay for his alleged crime.
“Taking a toddler is unacceptable,” Norment stated. “I really feel like he deserves life with out the potential for parole. It is a baby.”
“We stored saying, ‘This was an accident, and why not come ahead (and say) I am sorry,'” stated Dequante’s aunt, Jackie Partee.
However Partee stated she’s unsure that she might settle for an apology. She’s already misplaced two grandsons to murder. Youngsters Larry Ordway and Maurice Gordon have been murdered within the Shawnee neighborhood final yr.
“Final night time I could not sleep,” Partee stated. “I used to be excited about my grandchildren, too, together with my nephew. As a result of they need to’ve been on that bus. They need to’ve been going to high school.”
As Norment factors out, Dequante’s homicide was solved on what would have been his first day of second grade, a painful reminder that he is not right here.
“He’s alleged to be on that faculty bus, not laying in some dust or gravel, or laying in some casket,” Norment stated. “He is not alleged to be there.”
The household additionally needs to thank LMPD, those that labored on the case and everybody who referred to as in with info that helped result in an arrest.
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