Grieving father devastated after transgender son murdered
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There has been an explosion of violence in Cleveland this summer.
In July alone there were 14 homicides, and more than 90 people were shot.
With that, we asked the father of the latest victim, a transgender woman, what he thinks needs to be done to change things, and he indeed has some answers.
Fighting back tears Shawn Mockabee said, "I still told him I loved him…" talking about when who he considers his son, Shawn, Jr., explained he identifies more as a woman, Skye.
He is just beside himself regarding Skye's killing over the weekend.
"He was real humble...wouldn't hurt a flea, loved everybody you saw more his teeth than his lips...always smiling," said Shawn Mockabee, Sr.
But, he isn't sure when "he'll" smile again and will never forget the phone call on Saturday morning with the grim news.
The 27-year old's body was found in a parking lot off West 130th by a nearby worker around 8 a.m.
"Let's do something about it...it's human on human, not color on color,"Mockabee said.
Now determined to get his message out about how he feels we need to put a dent in violence he added, "We need to tighten up at home, with our kids, our wife, job, bills, tighten up first at home before we can unite as one."
It's what he always believed, but, until now never believed "he" would know violence from this perspective, "we can't rest until we know why someone would do this to our child...we needs to know this so we can let him go, let his spirit go."
Mockabee worried his child would be the victim of a random hate crime, but, now thinks the killer was no stranger. When asked is there something you want to say to that person, his only answer "may god bless you."
His dad always worried it could be a dangerous lifestyle. He believes the person who killed him is someone he knew and might also live that lifestyle.
The family is struggling to come up with funds to pay for the funeral.
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