LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The mother of a teenage boy who died Wednesday night is speaking out about why her son was on Jacob Street when he was killed.
Troyvonte Hurt, 14, was pronounced dead Wednesday night after he was shot just before 9 o'clock, near the intersection of Clay Street and Jacob Street in the Smoketown neighborhood. Two others were also shot, a 24 year old and 16 year old. Both are expected to survive their injuries.
Hurt's mother, LaNesha Harris, replays the simple conversation she and her son had on the phone six minutes before he was shot.
Harris said two of her sons were cutting through Jacob Street on their way home Wednesday night.
"The people on Jacob Street, I grew up with them people all my life," Harris said. "They know my kids, I know their kids, grandkids, so they stop by and say hey and maybe shoot a basketball because there is a basketball goal in the middle of the street."
Harris said her son held his brother after he was shot.
"He was there in the midst of Troyvonte laying on the ground," Harris cried. "He was holding him and telling him it was going to be OK, he said he just closed his eyes."
Autopsy results show Hurt was shot once in the head.
"That single gunshot took him away from me," Harris said.
His family nicknamed him Fat Daddy. "Because he was a chunky baby," Harris laughed.
Hurt attended Meyzeek Middle School last year, before starting freshman year at Minor Daniels Academy a few weeks ago.
While holding Hurt's football jersey close to her heart, Harris described his passion for the game that he started playing at four years old.
"He wanted to go to the NFL," Harris said.
As the kicker and team captain of the Germantown Thoroughbreds, Harris said her loveable son dreamed big and she did too. He is proud of his attitude and soft heart.
"Whenever you seen him, you seen me and that is going to be the hardest part," Harris said.