Mother recalls the day she lost her son

Mother recalls the day she lost her son
Elka Johnson (Source: NBC12)
Elka Johnson (Source: NBC12)
Yard where Jakeem Johnson hid (Source: NBC12)
Yard where Jakeem Johnson hid (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was 4 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2017, when 26-year-old Jakeem Johnson was shot and bleeding to death.

"He's been running and hiding behind someone's house. He's dying. He says there are still trying to shoot at him again," said the voice on the police scanner.

Johnson managed to make one last phone call, which was to 911 dispatchers. During the call, he described his killer and begged dispatchers to tell his children and family that he loves them.

"Just to hear that my son called and was able to talk about what happened to him, who did this to him," said his emotional mother Elka Johnson upon hearing her son's final words for the first time.

"That's one phone call that I never wanted my son to have to make," said Johnson. She never imagined sitting at the police station and talking about Jakeem.

"I'm in those shoes now. I'm feeling it. It hurts. It hurts," Elka said. "I never never thought I would be on this side of the fence. You see it every day. Every day, you see this."

Jakeem was the city's ninth homicide of the year, and his killer is still walking the streets.

"It's one of those weird back alley's between two roads," said Detective Sgt. Michael Mocello, who is now working the case.

Sgt. Mocello said Jakeem was shot in an alley along the 3000 block of Lynhaven Avenue. He ran for his life while the gunman chased him.

"We think he jumped one of the fences. We found his baseball cap over here," said Mocello.

He says Jakeem hid in a backyard behind a home.

Police were looking for a vehicle that night, a white older Mitsubishi Galant. Detective Sgt. Mocello needs that one piece of information to bring justice for Jakeem.

He knows there are people with the answers who just aren't coming forward, and that crushes Elka's already broken heart.

"When are we going to step up? When are we going to take our community back? Everyone wants the police to do this. Everyone wants the news
to do that. By allowing these people on the street, you're not taking your community back. You're just giving them the okay to do this again," said Elka Johnson.

If you know anything from that night, or if you heard someone talking about it or saw something, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. You can remain anonymous.

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