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Chesterfield mom loses two sons to one shooting: 'He was my baby'

Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 17:36:19-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Chesterfield County mother is living a nightmare.

Amy Jackson's 12-year-old son is dead and her 22-year-old son is in jail charged with his younger brother's death.

Rayshawn Elmore was arrested Wednesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in what police called the inadvertent shooting of 12-year-old Jamarrieon "Ya-Ya" Jones.

"I lay with his pillow at night, I can't sleep, I can't eat," Jackson said. "He was my baby."

Ya-Ya is the second son Jackson has buried.

Four years ago, her son William was murdered in Petersburg.

Tuesday night, police said Elmore accidentally shot Ya-Ya in the chest, inside the family's Totty Street home.

He removed the magazine clip from a gun and cocked it, but mistakenly left a bullet in the chamber, according to Crime Insider sources.

"My son tried setting himself on fire," Jackson said. "[He] thinks he deserves to burn in hell with the devil."

Rayshawn eventually turned himself in.

He had been wanted for a police chase that ended off Chesterfield Avenue 12 days prior to the shooting, court records showed.

"I told police, once I found Rayshawn, I'd turn him in, but you know, Rayshan a grown man," Jackson said.

Elmore is due back in court next month.

The father of one with another baby the way now sits in jail shouldering the grief of accidentally killing his younger brother while his family prepares for Ya-Ya's funeral.

"He was a sweet little boy," his mom said. "He loved Fortnite. I'd have to yell at him to take a shower and get off of online."

The family set-up a GoFundMe to help cover unexpected funeral costs.