WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A 44-year-old father, son and husband was killed in Winston-Salem this morning, bringing the number of homicides in the city to three in the last two weeks and 10 in 2016.
“My son has left behind a wife and three children,” said Christine Lockhart-Jones, the victim’s mother.
Police identified the victim as Kedrick White. They say White was found dead around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, on a front porch of a home in the 1500 block of East 23rd Street.
They say he had suffered at least one gunshot wound.
“She said, ‘Ma, Kedrick is dead,’ and, I mean, it took me a second to realize what she said,” Lockhart-Jones said, of the phone call she received from White’s wife, notifying her of his death. “Kedrick is dead? I lost it, I lost it. I said, ‘No. No. No.’ I just kept on telling myself, no.”
Lockhart-Jones lives only two streets away from where her son was killed. She was joined by fellow family members on the outside of the police tape for several hours as police investigated.
“I have cried and I just feel like my heart is not even in my body at this point,” she said.
Lockhart-Jones said she knows she is just the latest in a line of mothers who have lost loved ones to violence in Winston-Salem in 2016.
“It’s just like a war zone, a death zone, where people are just dying senselessly,” she said.
Lockhart-Jones said she must forgive whoever is responsible for her son’s death, but first, she has to know who that person is.
“If you’re man or woman enough to commit a crime like this, then you ought to be man or woman enough to stand up for the justice behind it,” she said.
Police said they have received limited details from people who may have been in the area, but need help from the public to find the killer(s).
White's death marks the 10th homicide in Winston-Salem in 2016, compared to five in the same time frame in 2015.