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Vigil for teen murdered one year ago in Evanston
EVANSTON, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- It's been one year since a 16-year-old was gunned down in Evanston and his family is looking for answers.
Someone shot and killed Terrance Womack near the old St. Leger apartment building. Tuesday, his family held a candlelight vigil.
His mother says since her son was killed she hasn't rested. Surveillance video shows a shadowy figure walking up to Terrance and pulling the trigger, no conversation no argument. She says until she knows and why, she won't have any peace.
Vanessa Pugh thanked a crowd of people who came out to support her in the cold and snow. One year ago her son, who went by T.J. was gunned down at Gilbert and Montgomery. "It means the world to me that so many people came out, braving this cold weather. They're showing their love for T.J. and they're showing their love for me."
The night of his death, T.J.'s mother thought he was playing basketball at the Evanston Rec Center. Instead, she found out T.J. was shot across the street near the old St. Leger apartment building that was known for trouble. The building has since been torn down. Reverend Peterson Mingo says there's a "need to have a new start on that corner, too many young men were killed, seven that I know of personally."
T.J. was Vanessa's only child. He played football for the Evanston Bulldogs and worked summers at Kings Island. She says she tried to raise her 16-year-old to be a responsible young man. So far, investigators have not been able to tell her who took her son's life. "They're working on it constantly but nothing has come about it. I'm hoping that sooner or later somebody will see this and feel it in their heart so we can have closure, I have no closure and I need closure."
Some people, who live near the old St. Leger apartments would like to see the street name changed. They want it changed from St. Ledger Place because there's too much negative associated with the name.