Murdered teenager's mom speaks out

Jyreffe Clark
Jyreffe Clark

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - We're learning more information in the murder of a Hanover County teenager.

The mother of 17-year-old Jyreffe Clark says she has doubts about one possible scenario involving her son's shooting death this weekend.

Jyreffe's friends say this shooting may have been an accident. His mom is not so sure.

Police say the three teens arrested moved Jyreffe's body after he was killed. His mom says true friends wouldn't do something like that.

Patricia Sands is going through what every mother hopes they never have to endure. She's planning the funeral for her teenage son Jyreffe.

"It's going to sink in," Sands said. "It's not sinking in yet."

She says Jyreffe was recording music with some school friends here on Lark Way in Mechanicsville this weekend. At some point Jyreffe was shot in the head and killed. Police say the three teens with Jyreffe moved his body from the house to a neighboring yard.

"They cleaned it up," Sands said. "(They) put him out like he was trash. That's not an accident. It's just, friends don't do that."

Seventeen year-old Franklin Robertson is in jail , facing first degree murder charges. His friends, 17-year-old Laquan Tullis and 18-year-old Michael Thompson are both facing accessory to murder charges.

Patricia says Jyreffe typically spent the night with his church friends on Saturday nights. It wasn't until he didn't show up for church Sunday morning that she knew something was wrong.

"He never missed church. Never," she said.

Now Patricia's family is coming to terms with the fact Jyreffe is never coming home.

"We're keeping each other strong," Sands said. "We're playing hot potato with that strong ball like it's my turn to be strong and let them cry and then it's their turn to be strong and let me cry."

She says she's overwhelmed with the big crowd that showed up Monday night to Jyreffe's vigil. She says she wishes her son could hear how proud she is of him.

"(He was the) perfect role model, had everything going, perfect child," she said. "That's what I want him to know. He was perfect."

Jyreffe was a senior at Lee-Davis High School. His mom says he was looking at attending VCU, JMU or Bridgewater next fall. He wanted to study music or culinary arts.

Grief counselors are available at Lee-Davis High School until Thursday.

Jyreffe's wake will be this Thursday from 4 to 8 at Life Church in Mechanicsville. His funeral will be Friday morning at 11, also at Life Church.

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