HAMMOND, LA – Tuesday morning, Tawander Dotey woke up in her home to a crime scene. Her 16-year-old son Hector was shot in the head in his room.
"My daughter was in there. My other two boys was in the room asleep, and he on the floor in his room dead," she said.
Dotey says her son was liked by many and liked boxing, giving him a reputation.
“If he liked to fight, oh well, that don’t make him a bad kid. If you didn't like him, just stay out of his way. Nobody had to take him or kill him," she said.
Authorities believe the shooting stemmed from an incident earlier in the night that happened in the parking lot at the African-American Heritage Center in Hammond. What happened between that time and when Hector was found dead is a mystery.
The Sheriff's Office also says it has had trouble getting cooperation from the community on what may have happened and who may have been involved. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said, “What we're asking for right now is for the public to come forward with any information they may have on the incident that happened yesterday. Crimestoppers is a wonderful opportunity for people to report any information anonymously and hopefully get rewarded for their efforts."
Dotey's mother wants the same. "Not because I want to be vengeful, that's not who he was, he was loving and kind, but you deserve to be brought to justice," she said.
And justice is something the family says it needs to move forward with their grief. The sheriff is also offering an extra $2,500 in reward money for information leading to Dotey’s killer. That’s in addition to a $1,000 reward from Crimestoppers. If you can help, contact Crimestoppers at 800-554-5245.