Richmond mother seeks answers in death of 22-year-old son killed in Shockoe Bottom

Grieving mother believes someone has answers in son's death

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Richmond mother is looking for answers in the death of her 22-year-old son who was shot and killed after going out with friends.

Devon Lyles was shot in the back in Shockoe Bottom. After the shooting, he ran for help and collapsed on East Broad Street just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

The victim’s mother believes her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why she wants someone to come forward with information that can help police catch the person who opened fire.

"I would never want anybody to feel like this. Devon is a big part of my life. This is all I know how to do is be a mom,” Shomiko Lyles said.

It's been a week now and for her, it doesn't feel real.

"I look at this door and I be wanting him to come through the door,” she said.

Devon Lyles had gone out with friends in Shockoe Bottom and his mother says a group got into a heated argument.

"It didn't have anything to do with Devon. He was just there and somebody started shooting and he got shot in the back,” she said.

Devon went running for help but collapsed a few blocks away.

"It was so many people around. It was so many people around that I know somebody has to know something…I know people are scared but anything, any little detail, anything you may think is so minute, it could make a difference,” Lyles added.

That's because so far there have been no arrests, leaving the mother on a mission.

"To find out who did it because if it wasn’t my child it could be someone else’s child, and that person is running around and still enjoying and living their life and doing whatever they do,” she said.

She wants someone to be held accountable for the loss of life and the pain it’s caused.

"He was just starting to live his life, just starting to figure out his own way…I don’t feel like I got enough time with him but I am grateful for the time that I did get with him. It was so short. It was really short…October 6 changed my life,” the grieving mother said.

Family and friends will gather for a vigil Friday at 6 p.m. at the scene of the crime. The 22-year-old will be laid to rest the next day. Anyone with information can report a tip by calling 804-780-1000.

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