“That smile. That smile touched my heart,” Dayshawna Hargrove said. “That was my baby.”
It’s the memory of that smile that Dayshawna holds on to. Someone shot and killed her 14-year-old son, Tyshaun, Wednesday night.
New Haven police responded to a shooting on Chatham Street and found the injured teen, who died at the hospital. Police said a large group had gathered right before and that it’s an isolated incident.
“He was just so loving. For somebody to do that to him like that, I couldn’t imagine his pain or how he felt. I just wish I was there so I could talk to my baby, so he could see his son,” said Hargrove.
Hargrove said her son left behind a 1-year-old son of his own. When he is older, she’ll tell her grandson about who his father was and what he meant to so many.
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At a vigil Thursday night, people gathered and spoke about their pain but also about how retaliation is not the answer.
With lit candles, they spelled out the 14-year-old’s nickname: TyTy.
As they grieve, they also want to know who killed the teen and why.
“I just want justice for my son,” Hargrove said. "I’m going to miss my son so much. Nothing nobody can do can replace him.”
Police are reviewing all the surveillance videos in the area. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call New Haven police.