FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Like every day, Christina Hogue says she hugged her 25-year-old son Justin Dawson and told him that she loved him.
On Aug. 28, it would be the last time she got a chance to embrace him.
Hogue says, “He woke me up that night and said I’m leaving and I love you. I just didn’t know that that would be the last time I talked to him. No parent should have to go through this”
Dawson died after he was shot multiple times at The Summit apartments on Ridgewood Drive. Almost a week later, Hogue still doesn’t understand why someone would want to do this to her baby.
“That was my baby. They took my baby." Hogue says. "They took him from senseless violence. I just don’t understand. I just don’t understand. I just can’t.”
Friends and family gathered tonight to hold a vigil to remember Dawson.
Hogue says, “Almost everybody here is related to him and he was everyone’s favorite cousin or nephew. The world is going to be so much worse without him."
Hogue says her son was a family man who was stylish as well.
Hogue says, “He loved to dress, oh he loved to dress.”
Hogue says what she’ll miss the most about her son is his smile.
She says, “His smile lit up the room. He had the biggest most beautiful smile, ever since he was little, he had the biggest smile."
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