The father who police said fatally shot a 17-year-old boy in his daughter's bedroom should be charged with murder, the victim's distraught mother says.
Johran McCormick's mother said she can't believe her son was killed while sneaking around with the 16-year–old girl he was apparently dating, the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday.
Zakia McCormick also can't understand why the man accused of firing the fatal shot Thursday is not behind bars.
"If you take a life, you give your life"
- Zakia McCormick
"If you take a life, you give your life," the newspaper quoted a teary Zakia McCormick as saying. "We're suffering. Why isn't he suffering too?"
She and the teen's father Shawn Curley said the man should be charged with murder and sentenced to life behind bars.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting and has said a grand jury will determine if charges are warranted.
Although a grand jury will review the case, prosecutor Warren Diepraam told MyFoxHouston.com Friday that it is unlikely that the father will be charged.
The father told investigators he heard noises coming from his daughter’s bedroom around 2:30 a.m. He went to investigate and found Johran in the room. The boy was shot once.
Zakia McCormick and Curley told the Chronicle they believe Johran was in bed with the girl when her father came into her bedroom with a gun.
The family said they were told by authorities and others the girl denied she knew Johran—sparking the deadly confrontation.
"I wished the father could have asked more questions, he could have picked up the phone," Curley told the newspaper. "And for her to say she didn't know who he was, that was most hurtful."
Curley said he didn’t believe the shooting was an accident. “You don’t shoot someone in the head on accident,” he said..
The mom said she didn’t even know her son was in Houston at the time. She said he had gone to New Orleans with friends on spring break and wasn’t due to return until Sunday.
She also didn’t know Johran and the girl were dating.
"For him to be in someone else's house at 2:30 in the morning is shocking to us," said Curley.
The family said Johran, a high school junior, was considering enlisting in the Air Force. He also was considering a career as a mechanic.