SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -The holidays once jolly and bright for one Shreveport mother are now filled with darkness and depression. Lennie Ross remembers the night she learned her only child was shot to death. No one has ever been arrest for the murder of Phadarius Hughes. Two years later, Ross is still fighting for justice.
A billboard stands tall not far from the murder scene at Briarwood Apartments on Golf Links Boulevard. The billboard pictures Phadarius with a caption that reads “Who Killed Me?” It’s a horrifying reminder of her son’s death. Lennie says she tries to avoid this route on her way home.
She says, “It’s really a pain you can’t describe. It really hurts that someone took my child’s life like he’s a dog. That’s a coward.” Now Lennie is left with just memories of her son. She says he was a sweet kid, hilarious, and wanted to be the man of the house.
December 31, 2016 is a night Lennie will never forget. She told KSLA News 12 her son had just gotten dressed to go out to bring in the New Year. Lennie said about 30 minutes later she received a call that her son had been killed. Phadarius was waiting in his car outside of the apartment complex when someone opened fire on his car.
She recalls, “They found him shot in the head. It was shot up, windows out, drivers’s seat full of blood,” as she refers to the car.
Lennie strongly believes her son’s lifestyle may have lead to his death. She says he had just gotten out of jail for drugs, but that he was turning his life around.
She constantly preached to stay on the right path and not fall victim to the streets.
Now she is fighting to get justice for her son.
She says she has already forgiven the shooter, but they have to pay the consequence for their action.
Lennie Ross says she wants the shooter off the streets so no other parent will experience the pain of losing a child.
If you know anything about the murder of Phadarius Hughes, call Crimestoppers at 318-673-7373. Remember they don’t want your name just your information.