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Mother of Easter shooting victim's son speaks out

Javon Burnett, 26, was found around 10:00 a.m. between two apartment buildings at the Summit at Ridgewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Posted: Apr. 8, 2018 9:47 PM
Updated: Apr. 8, 2018 10:38 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Mercedes Nino said she was at church when she got the call that her son, Domonic's dad had been shot to death. 

Javon Burnett, 26, was found around 10:00 a.m. between two apartment buildings at the Summit at Ridgewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The hardest part for Mercedes Nino was how to tell her son why he wouldn't see his dad for Easter. 

"Your dad's not here with us anymore. He's in Heaven with the angels, and with Jesus," Nino recalled telling her son. 

Nino said Burnett was getting ready for church at his friend's apartment when he died. After church he planned to go to Indianapolis to get his other kids. Nino said family was everything to him. 

"That was my son's best friend and he was looking forward to going that day, and it didn't happen," she said. 

Now Burnett has been laid to rest, but Domonic asks questions, and talks about how much he misses his dad. The family is waiting for justice to be served. 

Nino said if she could say one thing to Burnett's killer, it would be: "I pray someone speaks up, because I feel like you.. you deserve to be punished for what you did."

Burnett's murder is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers. 

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