Grandparents of 14-year-old shooting victim urge killer to surrender

Grandparents of 14-year-old shooting victim urge killer to surrender

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The grandfather of 14-year-old Najeer Buggs said he had many dreams including a love for sports until his life was cut short on Friday night.

"That boy was crazy about athleticism," says Herman Jenkins."It didn't matter what it was, he was at home."

"All I could do is scream, all I could do, just keep screaming," says Annete Jenkins, Buggs' grandmother.

Columbia police say Buggs was shot and killed around 9 p.m. in the 4100 block of Grand Street.

His grandparents say he had just finished playing a game of basketball with his older cousin when the two heard gunshots.

"He said after the shots were fired he looked around and didn't see Najeer," Herman Jenkins' says. "He started looking for him and calling out for him. He says Najeer never answered him."

Authorities say Buggs died from a gunshot wound to his upper body and the person responsible is still out there.

"Najeer has been robbed of his life. He has been robbed from graduating from school," says Annette Jenkins. "...Because these people out here feel like its okay to go around shooting and killing people."

But although the family is grieving they want the person responsible to know that Najeer has forgiven them and so do they.

"My appeal is that they make peace with the Lord because we have already forgave them, so that they can get the forgiveness that is needed, " says Heramn Jenkins.

The Columbia Police Department is holding a news conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Police Headquarters to update the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888- Crime- SC.

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