Mother still waits for murdered son to walk through the door

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many questions surround an unsolved murder that has a mother waiting on something she knows will never happen again.

Was it a friend or just an acquaintance? Was it a robbery or an argument that got way out of hand? Those are just some of the questions that remain unanswered in the investigation into the shooting death of Kedrick Thompson, 32, of Baton Rouge.

"Every time one of my children walks out these doors, I get scared," Carrie Riley, the victim's mother, said. "Will they make it back home? I can't live like this."

But, that is her life. It wasn't always like this for her, but things changed over time. She saw what was happening in the streets of Baton Rouge. And, then it happened to her own son. He and his killer were passing through the corner of Beechwood and Mohican back on May 24 of this year.

"They were actually in the car together. The car made a turn here and came to a stop," Detective Belford Johnson with the Baton Rouge Police Department said.

Johnson is the lead investigator on the case. He believes some sort of argument sent Thompson running into the street.

"The suspect, who was driving, also got out, with a handgun, and fired multiple shots at the victim as he ran," Johnson explained.

Thompson made it to a neighboring house, but he did not make it much longer. He died at the hospital.

His mother received the news in a most heartbreaking way.

"All I could hear was my granddaughter coming through the door crying. She just stood there crying. All she could say was that uncle Ked was dead," Riley said.

That's what they called him - Ked. Every day and every night since has been brutal for her. She wants the person behind the gun to feel what she's feeling.

"Just like I lie in bed, close my eyes and see my child's face, I want them to see his face every time they close their eyes," Riley stated.

It's painful, but that's the only way she can see him now - when she closes her eyes. It's all she has left, but she continues to hope for so much more.

"To this day, I feel like I'm asleep and I can't wake up. My child is going to come. I wait for him," Riley added.

She waits, knowing he'll never come through her door again.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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