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Grieving family wants justice after Whitcomb mass shooting

Posted at 11:38 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 23:54:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The McMorris family is grieving a loss, but admit it could've been worse.

Their loved one Tim walked with a cane and couldn't escape the gun battle in Whitcomb Monday night.

An hour later, their 15-year-old great-granddaughter was shot at in a car off Raven Street; luckily she wasn't seriously injured.

"I've gotta’ bury my son,” said Betty McMorris- Doggett. “My son should be burying me."

There's little that can comfort her, because her second oldest son, the family comedian was shot to death alongside four others in a shooting on Monday night.

"It's hard, God knows it's really hard. It's the hardest thing I've dealt with in my life," she said.

He was killed Monday night in Whitcomb during a gun battle where Crime Insider sources say at least three different caliber guns were used.

"The generation coming up, they don't know where God is or who God is,” McMorris-Doggett said. “God has done so much for us and brought us a mighty long way. These kids out here get a gun and just shoot. They don't care who you are or what you look like."

Tim McMorris had several friends in Whitcomb who say it was a common spot to find him on any given night.

The 53-year-old father had survived at least two strokes recently, and was walking with a cane.

His family believes he got caught in the chaos where four others, including a teenage boy, were wounded.

Tim was the only one that died.

"He was my big brother,” said Mechelle Harris. “They put a hole in our hearts. He's a missing piece that's gone."

Sadness doesn't scratch the surface when it comes to describing the atmosphere outside McMorris's Henrico home: a family grieving, still in disbelief that their loved one is gone.

"People don't give a damn and that's all it is,” said Harris. “They don't give a damn about any lives - not just Black lives - any life."

"He didn't deserve this,” said McMorris-Doggett. “I wish they'd stop with whatever beef it is. It's pointless. Ya'll are killing innocent kids, babies and people."