Friday, April 18, 2014

News
21st Murder Victim Remembered as 'Humble and Hard-Working'
By Jessica Gertler


Friends of a 19-year-old murder victim are searching for answers.  No arrests have been made after the teen was found fatally shot off Airbase Blvd in Montgomery Friday.

 

Many questions go unanswered after Darryl Morris's body was found, but his friends say one thing is certain: Morris was too young to lose his life. 

 

Ja'Mel Brown says its hard grasping what happened to his long-time friend Darryl Morris.

"I actually stopped breathing for a couple of seconds," he says. "I said I was just with him laughing in his truck, and we were talking about the good old days."

Authorities say on Friday night, Morris was shot to death near a Dollar General on Windywood Drive after someone tried robbing him.

"Why the good ones have to be taken away," says Brown. "This was a good man. He didn't sell dope. He didn't get in trouble in school."

Morris was 19-years-old. A graduate from Carver High School. 

Morris is the city's 21st murder victim this year. He is one of five teenagers killed, and he is the 18th person to have been shot to death. 

"I'm out here every day walking the streets and talking to the youngsters," says Jimmy McFarland.

McFarland is Chief of Staff to Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette.

McFarland says the faith-based community needs to step in and help put an end to violence.

"There is no quick fix," he says. "You can't throw the switch and get this done. It takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of education."

Morris's killer is still on the loose. Police will not release who they are looking for, and if Morris's murder was a random act. Brown says his friend's death was anything but.

"For a mother to lose her son at 19 and for a child to now be without a father, that's what hurts," he says.

 

Brown says Morris's mother is devastated. Morris was her only son. Brown and his family are holding a candlelight vigil for Morris this Friday. His funeral is set for Saturday. 

 

Brown is organizing an event in his friend's honor for next Monday called "Save Our Generation." He hopes to encourages folks to stand up against violence. It will be held at Morgan Avenue Baptist Church from 5:30 to 7:30 and is open to the public.