NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - No mother should have to bury her son.
But that is what Lolita Frazier had to do last month, after her son, 21-year-old Jordan Stith was gunned down at a party in Newport News.
“I got a phone call [from] a young lady hysterically screaming that Jordan had been shot. I just started praying,” said Frazier, through tears. “Just asking God to cover him and hold him in his arms, and to please, please just don’t let him die.”
For the first time since her son’s murder, Frazier spoke publicly to local media outlets on Monday.
“I just grabbed my things, and I just drove here thinking that I could maybe get there quick enough. Maybe I could save him,” said Frazier, during the most emotional part of her interview.
Over a month into the investigation, police have not been able to identify a suspect. Even though there were numerous witnesses at the house party, they say no one will come forward.
“Why isn’t anyone saying anything now?” Frazier asked. “Why is everybody quiet? I know for a fact not just one person knows what happened to Jordan, many people know what happened to Jordan.”
Frazier has a message for her son’s killers.
“I feel like if you’re strong enough and tough enough to pull out a gun, then you should be strong enough and tough enough to look me in my face,” said Frazier fearlessly.
She says those who know what happened and aren’t coming forward are just as guilty as the ones who pulled the trigger.
“Today is Jordan, but tomorrow, who is it going to be? Whose mother is going to be sitting here feeling this?”
Frazier says to stop the violence in Newport News it only takes one thing: the truth.
“For unsolved crimes, and people just being ok with it, because 'Newport News is bad news, and that’s what happens in the News'? Not my son. Not my son,” said Frazier.
Police said they responded to a report of gunfire just before 1 a.m. in the area of Wedgewood Drive and Ross Drive. As they got on scene, they found Stith dead. He had been shot in the collarbone and right wrist.
Witnesses said two vehicles left the scene and police found one vehicle a short time later while conducting a traffic stop for driving with no headlights.
Inside the car they found the 19-year-old female victim who had been shot in the leg. Her injuries are non life threatening. Her identity will not be released, policy say.
Police are asking anyone with information to take action and call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get up to $1,000 cash.
The Crime Line is totally anonymous.