The fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy in his stroller marked the second time mother Sherry West lost a son to violence, she said Saturday.
Her 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in 2008 in New Jersey, she told CNN. “This is the second child that people have taken from me in a tragic way,” West said. “I’m so afraid to have any more babies now. I tried to raise really good kids in a wicked world.”
The day after two teenage boys were arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of her baby, West said she was planning to leave Brunswick and return to New Jersey. The boy’s father has also been emotionally distraught, West said. Asked about the person who shot her son, Antonio, West stated: “I hate you and I don’t forgive you.
“You killed an innocent human life,” she said. “I hope you die for it.” A private memorial service was held Friday morning for young Antonio Santiago, who was cremated, according to West. She said the family is working with the Catholic relief organization Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help with unforeseen expenses.
West put Antonio in a stroller Thursday because it was good exercise for her heart, said West, who added she was disabled from a past car accident.
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