High School Student Shot, Killed On Easter

(Memphis) A 17-year-old was killed in a shooting early Sunday morning.

“Why, why, why they had to kill him? Why? My son,” Vernardica Odom said.

A mother’s pain was felt throughout an apartment complex in Frayser.

“They took my son away. He wasn’t nothing but 17,” Odom said.¬† “Why?”

Lamarcus Odom was shot at the Pershing Park Apartments in the 1600 block of Pershing Park Drive in Memphis.

“My son got killed at some 12:00 – 1:00 something in the morning,” Odom explained.

Lamarcus was a student at Raliegh-Egypt High School and enjoyed the things most kids do at his age.

“He was in the 11th, he liked playing football, he liked playing video games,” Odom remembered.

The 17-year-old’s blood lied amongst debris in the apartment building hallway.

“He was not no bad child. He just hung with the wrong people,” Odom cried.

A stuffed rabbit tied to the railing with crime tape served as a reminder of the tragedy that struck for this family on Easter Sunday.

“I’m going to miss him cause last time I talked to him he told me he loved me and I told him I love him too,” Christie Odom, the victim’s sister, said.

“He gone. He ain’t nothing but 17. Now he got to live up in heaven cause I know that’s where he’s going,” Vernardica Odom said.

As the tears continued to fall, a family grieving their loss had just one message for whomever pulled the trigger.

“Whoever you is I wish you just please show your face turn yourself in please I’m asking you,”¬†Christie Odom said.¬† “Why did you all do that for?”

Police are still looking for answers to the victim sister’s question.

The investigation is still ongoing, and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with helpful information should call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

The family is having a fish-fry fundraiser to help cover funeral costs Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Madea’s Restaurant (2665 Overton Crossing Street).


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