Family grieves for teenager killed in Hilltop shooting
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
West High School tenth grader Quentin Smith was one of two people killed in a Monday morning shooting on South Wayne Avenue in the Hilltop.
"No mother should have to bury their child," said Smith's mother Lisa White-Lavender, "I wanted my son to outlive me, I am just so devastated."
Surrounded by family, White-Lavender told us about the heartbreak and shared her pleas for peace after losing her son.
Monday was supposed to be a happy day. White-Lavender said it was Quentin's 16th birthday.
"He looked 19 because he was so tall," she said.
His mother thought Quentin was at school.
Then, she says she got a call telling her to rush to the hospital.
"I just lost it," said White-Lavender.
Quentin was found shot near South Wayne Avenue.
The West High School sophomore and an innocent bystander were both killed after a shower of bullets.
"The last time I seen my son he walked out the door, he said, 'ma, I love you,'" said White-Lavender.
The family will remember Quentin as a great athlete and kind young man who had struggles, but was trying to find his way.
"Just going to miss him," she said, "miss him always joking, he was a jokester."
They want peace and answers.
Family and friends gathered for a vigil for Quentin at the scene of the tragedy Monday night. They carried candles and balloons in his memory.
Police are still investigating, and at last check are looking for a dark Honda Civic that may have fired at the SUV Quentin Smith was in Monday morning.