Mother says 'no snitch code' is slowing justice for son's murder

Darrius Twyman

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Earlier this week another teenager lost his life to gun violence in Lexington. So far, police have not made any arrests.

"That was my baby. That was my best friend," Willene Twyman said. This week has been one she never imagined happening.

"He always calls, and that night I didn't get a phone call."

Her son, 19-year-old Darrius, had been living with her. She knew something was off Monday when she didn't hear from him.

"Somebody wrote me on Facebook and said 'Miss Nikki is D okay?' and I started calling his phone, and I didn't get an answer at all."

The message was scary enough, without the phone call that followed.

She said, "One of my nephews called that lives up that way and was like 'D just got shot in the head. He got shot in the head'".

This mom says she has a lot of unanswered questions about who killed her son, and she just can't imagine why.

"I tell people all the time he was a good person, a very good person. To die of a senseless murder is just stupid. It's crazy."

Family and friends of Darrius are leaning on each other tonight at a vigil to remember him, but Willene says it's more than that. She needs everyone to understand the hurt she's feeling in hopes just one person decides to put their gun down.

"I mean, they sit at my house every weekend, five days a week. They was always at my house. This was the chill spot for everybody, and now this has happened, and nobody will speak up," Willene said. "Just stop this killing, it's crazy. There's too many parents burying their young kids. It's crazy."

A vigil for Darrius is Friday at 7 o'clock. It's at 'The Hill' park off Woodhill Drive. The Lexington Police Department will have officers there.

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