NEW ORLEANS - Theresa Mitchell was aware of the violence in New Orleans. She says she's never had a tolerance for guns. Now, just over two weeks since her 22-year old son Justin was murdered, she's trying to process the loss so many other families have had to endure.
"We shouldn't have to bury our kids," said Mitchell.
Justin Mitchell's body was found October 7. Police responded to the 4700 block of Stemway Drive in New Orleans east shortly after 7 pm. Police say Mitchell's body was located on the front lawn of a home, with a gunshot wound to his chest. Mitchell says detectives told her the murder was motivated by robbery. So far, there is no suspect. Struggling with her own grief, she's had a tough time trying to explain the murder to the three young boys Justin Mitchell left behind. They're all under the age 5.
"When they saw him at the funeral, they just thought Dad was sleeping. And I told them daddy is sleeping but he won't be coming back," said Mitchell.
Mitchell says her son was unfamiliar with the area in which he was murdered. When asked if her son had any enemies, Mitchell responded by describing his work ethic.
"He didn't have enemies. He was a workaholic, all he wanted to do was work, work, work to make sure him and his kids had everything. He was working two jobs and everybody who met him, liked him," said his mother.
New Orleans Police urge anyone with information about this murder to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Family and friends of Justin Mitchell will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory October 28 at 31 Curtis Drive in New Orleans East. The vigil will begin at 6 pm.