21st Murder Victim Remembered as 'Humble and Hard-Working'

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By Jessica Gertler

Friends of a 19-year-old murder victim are searching for answers.  No arrests have been made after the teen was found fatally shot off Airbase Blvd in Montgomery Friday.

 

Many questions go unanswered after Darryl Morris's body was found, but his friends say one thing is certain: Morris was too young to lose his life. 

 

Ja'Mel Brown says its hard grasping what happened to his long-time friend Darryl Morris.

"I actually stopped breathing for a couple of seconds," he says. "I said I was just with him laughing in his truck, and we were talking about the good old days."

Authorities say on Friday night, Morris was shot to death near a Dollar General on Windywood Drive after someone tried robbing him.

"Why the good ones have to be taken away," says Brown. "This was a good man. He didn't sell dope. He didn't get in trouble in school."

Morris was 19-years-old. A graduate from Carver High School. 

Morris is the city's 21st murder victim this year. He is one of five teenagers killed, and he is the 18th person to have been shot to death. 

"I'm out here every day walking the streets and talking to the youngsters," says Jimmy McFarland.

McFarland is Chief of Staff to Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette.

McFarland says the faith-based community needs to step in and help put an end to violence.

"There is no quick fix," he says. "You can't throw the switch and get this done. It takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of education."

Morris's killer is still on the loose. Police will not release who they are looking for, and if Morris's murder was a random act. Brown says his friend's death was anything but.

"For a mother to lose her son at 19 and for a child to now be without a father, that's what hurts," he says.

 

Brown says Morris's mother is devastated. Morris was her only son. Brown and his family are holding a candlelight vigil for Morris this Friday. His funeral is set for Saturday. 

 

Brown is organizing an event in his friend's honor for next Monday called "Save Our Generation." He hopes to encourages folks to stand up against violence. It will be held at Morgan Avenue Baptist Church from 5:30 to 7:30 and is open to the public. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 22 at 9:35 PM

So sad

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Ron said on Tuesday, Apr 23 at 3:06 PM

The young man that was shot to death was my cousin, Cuz I’m so sorry that this happen to you, crimes like this is happening to often these days, it’s time for these senseless murders to stop, we are constantly wiping out each other like a nuclear bomb and for what, a pair of shoes some jewelry, money or some other material thing, something that one come get if they would just go out here and work for it without causing anyone harm. It’s time for People to stand up and stand out and start giving back to are younger and lost generation, They need us and it’s the right thing to do, we need to start steering the younger lost generation in the right direction so that they can do and achieve positive things, That’s why I tell my son every day that I love him and hug him and try to steer him in the right direction. I urge all of you to do the same as well, try to reach back and guide some other lost souls who might not even be your own and try and lead them onto the right Path.

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Ron 2/2 said on Tuesday, Apr 23 at 3:09 PM

because, it’s just the right thing to do and can be rewarding not from a monetary stand point but, from a self-fulfillment and right in the eyes of the lord stand point. I pray for the person or persons who took my young cousin life and hope that you find God before your life is over because, the same thing could happen to a member of your family or a love one as well. To my family there the lord will see you through this and never give up the faith. Rest in Peace my young cousin God has you now; you will be missed but, never forgotten.

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