Family, friends celebrate 15-year-old's life that was cut short

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Posted on November 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:48 AM

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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that ended a 15-year-old's life.

On Tuesday night dozens showed up for a candlelight vigil to remember Terrence Roberts, Jr.

"Every time I go home, I think my son is going to be there," said Terrence Roberts, Sr.

No parent should ever have to bury their child, but that is what Roberts and his wife Lotonya are preparing to do.

The New Orleans East couple braved the cold with family and friends on Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to remember their 15-year-old son, T-Man.

"Whatever problem they had with him, fight him. Shooting him up and tearing him down, it hurt the whole family. I'm really going to miss my son," said Roberts.

Last night, the NOPD was called out to the 14000 block of Curran Road where Terrence Robert Jr.'s lifeless body was found in an empty lot not far from his front door.

"He was on his way home because this is where he takes a short cut through here because he lives on the next street over," said the teen's uncle Petran Bridges.

The NET Charter high student never made it home from school on Monday.

"Everybody looked up to him," Bridges said. "He was a really, really intelligent young man and he had a lot to live for."

Those who know T-Man well are struggling to figure out why the 15-year-old who loved basketball, his supportive family and being a teen is now gone.

"He came from a good family. He never had nothing to ever do wrong. He had everything he wanted. Me and my wife were there for him," Roberts said.

For these parents who tried to do everything right to keep their son out of harm's way, they're now drowning in a wave of unbelievable grief and a burning desire for justice to prevail.

"I'm in pain. I want them to feel pain. I want them in jail for it. My son is gone. I can't bring him back," Roberts said.

Police investigators say they found a pistol in Terrence's possession, but his family said he didn't own a gun.

If you can help police solve this case, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

You can read more about this murder in Tuesday's edition of the New Orleans Advocate.

 

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