A grieving family wants justice in their teen's murder

Published: Jul. 12, 2013 at 1:43 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2013 at 2:13 AM EDT
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Matthew McDaniel
Matthew McDaniel

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield family is heartbroken and angry - they want to know who gunned down their teenage son and why.

19-year-old Matthew McDaniel was on his way home late one night in May, but never made it.

Unless you've lost a child in cold-blooded murder you cannot imagine a mother's pain.

"It's hard to think of him laying there in the road by himself, it's hard," said the victim's mother, Laurie Fetty.

Fetty says she still has McDaniel belongings in the house as if he still lives there too painful to throw away just yet.

"It's hard, just getting up in the morning just knowing that he's not there and when you come home you're not going to see him there," said Fetty.

The shooting happened right here about a block away from his mother's home, neighbors heard the gunshots but assumed they were just fireworks.

Now on the corner of Pembroke and Brampton flowers and candles stand in tribute to the young man who was set to graduate high school - join the army - and someday become a professional photographer.

McDaniel's father, Johnny McDaniel, has traveled back from Florida to see his son's memorial and check-in with detectives for any updates.

If you know anything that can help - call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. Detectives are waiting and you don't have to give your name.

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