Norfolk, Va. – With candles raised and heads bowed, a crowd gathered to remember Maurice Mitchell outside of the 38-year-old’s home where he was shot and killed on Sunday.
“I was just crushed man,” Troy Whalston, Mitchell’s brother-in-law said. “I never thought it would happen to him, not a guy like him. I would [have] thought it would happen to some thug on the street or something.”
Norfolk police found Mitchell shot late Sunday. By the time they rushed him to the hospital, it was too late.
“He was a God-fearing man. Went to church every Sunday, he took very good care of his kids and he would give you everything he got,” Whalston said.
“I don’t see the purpose for someone to take him away from us,” Renee Lewis, Mitchell’s aunt said. “They just don’t know how bad they hurt us. They have three kids that gonna grow up without a father.”
They sang hymns to mask the pain of his loss. Four days later, it isn’t any easier. Maurice is still gone.
“They didn’t have to do this, but I swear I just hope it comes to justice and my family can be at rest.”
The family knows little about how Mitchell was murdered inside his Park Place home, making the justice they so badly need seem so far away.