Family still searching for justice in one of Shreveport's homicides

Published: Sep. 14, 2016 at 10:34 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2016 at 2:17 AM CDT
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Family and friends hold vigil on VeAndrew Hudson's birthday (Source: Scott Pace, KSLA News 12)
Family and friends hold vigil on VeAndrew Hudson's birthday (Source: Scott Pace, KSLA News 12)
(Source: Scott Pace, KSLA News 12)
(Source: Scott Pace, KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - On March 30, the intersection of Fairy Avenue and Valley Ridge Road saw a night of Shreveport police lights and crime scene tape. It was the site of one of Shreveport's earliest homicides of 2016.

22-year-old VeAndrew Hudson was shot and killed.

The horror of that night still haunts his mother, Keanyatta Johnson, today.

"My baby had to die by himself," Johnson said. "Wasn't nobody there for my baby and I'm always there for my son. Always. But I couldn't get there this time."

Hudson would have been 23 years old Wednesday. Now, nearly six months later, his mother said there have been no arrests or answers in his death.

"I know I'm angry and I grieve every day," said Johnson. "Every day I wake up and wonder, 'what was my son going through in his last minute?'"

Not only that, she said she knows who the suspects are and they've crossed her family since then.

"Not only do they still have their life, they're walking around bragging about what they've done," Johnson said. "The person who knows who done it still won't tell the police. Still, they want to talk bad about us. We didn't take your family member. You took ours."

On Wednesday night, this heartbroken mom held a balloon release for Hudson's birthday and a candlelight vigil for justice.

"Not just for my son. It's for all the people that died from gun violence within these last six months," said Johnson.

Hudson's mother said her son will never see his own son Kaicee, born on July 25.

"Say 'he'll see me in Heaven,'" Johnson said as she cradled Kaicee in her arms.

She wants Hudson's killer to pay for the crime, but knows it will take someone speaking up.

"That's what's wrong with these people now," said Johnson, "that's why they do what they do because nobody says anything."

Shreveport police confirmed to KSLA News 12 that Hudson's case is very much still open, but they rely on the public's help to develop more leads in their investigation.

They ask anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

The vigil and balloon release were held at 7 p.m. at Fairy Avenue and Valley Ridge Road, the intersection where Hudson was murdered.

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