Raleigh mom grieves for her slain 13-year-old child

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Raleigh mom is coping with tragedy after her 13-year-old son was shot and killed.

It happened Friday night just after 9:30 p.m. Police responded to a call of a shooting at East Jones and North State Street.

The teenager was identified as Keyshawn Tyrell Gregory of Raleigh. Gregory was found in a vehicle at the intersection and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Keyshawn Gregory

Family and friends gathered Saturday night for a vigil on East Jones and North State Streets, where a memorial for Gregory is growing.

After a follow-up investigation police said the shooting happened in the 1400 block of Beauty Avenue.

There have been no arrests. Mom Lakesha Harris desperately wants her son's killer to be brought to justice.

"I just hope justice is served like it's supposed to be," said Harris. "He was very outgoing, outspoken little boy. He loved basketball. He loved his siblings and playing with his siblings. Anything he wanted to accomplish, he accomplished."

Harris said she thinks her son had some sort of altercation with a young man before the shooting.

"He was hit, from what I know, in the head...shot in head," she said.

Gregory was getting ready to go into the 8th grade at Ligon Middle School. He lived with his dad, but constantly kept in touch with mom.

"He loved me and his siblings so much. He often called to check on them every other day, inboxed me on Facebook to make sure they were okay," she said

Family members are doing all they can to make sure Harris is okay. They've been with her offering support while grieving themselves.

"It's almost like I'm waiting to wake up, but the reality is it isn't a dream," said Gregory's aunt, Tiffany Harris. "Violence is something we hear about, but it hits home it's hard to deal with."

"He had his whole life ahead of him," said another one of Gregory's aunts, Jessie Lynch. "It's not fair, it's not fair at all."

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the case is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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