Mother of Christmas Eve murder victim: ‘I need closure’


IN NORFOLK ONE FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS EVE IS THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR SON’S MURDER. THAT DATE FALLS ON THIS SATURDAY. BUT STILL NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN HIS MURDER. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S MATT GREGORY IS AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS WITH ONE MOTHER’S PLEA. MATT? I TALKED TO POLICE THIS AFTERNOON. NO NEW LEADS IN JAMES’ DEATH. HIS MOTHER SAYS THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAY’S SHE JUST WANTS JUSTICE. INSIDE THE RIVER SIDE MEMORIAL PARK IN NORFOLK, YOU’LL FIND LAVERNE BUTLER STANDING OVER HER SON’S GRAVE. LAVERNE BUTLER / MOTHER OF RANDY JAMES C0010 9:23:28 “THIS IS CHRISTMAS AND MY GIFT CAME AT A LOSS.” 9:23:31 ONE YEAR AGO THIS SATURDAY–SHE GOT THE THE CALL THAT NO ONE WANTS TO ANSWER. SOMEONE MURDERED HER SON RANDY JAMES. LAVERNE BUTLER / MOTHER OF RANDY JAMES C0010 9:21:51 “MY NEPHEW WAS THE FIRST ONE TO HOLLER AND SCREAM AND CRYING, I HAD TO BE FOR SURE IT WAS.” 9:21:57 POLICE SAY SOMEONE SHOT JAMES INSIDE HIS WEST OCEAN VIEW APARTMENT IN THE AFTERNOON. DETECTIVES INVESTIGATED–WHILE THE FAMILY MOURNED. LAVERNE BUTLER / MOTHER OF RANDY JAMES C0010 9:25:48 “THIS IS WHERE MY NEW YEARS, THIS WAS MY CHRISTMAS. THIS WAS MY GIFT. I HAD TO PUT HIM IN THE GROUND.” 9:25:54 THURSDAY–WAS THE FIRST TIME SHE’S BEEN BACK SINCE SHE BURIED HIM. SHE JUST HAD HIS HEADSTONE ADDED. LAVERNE SPECIAL FOR ME TO GET THIS DONE.” 9:29:11 BUT WHAT SHE HASN’T FOUND YET–IS CLOSURE ACCORDING TO NORFOLK POLICE THE TRAIL HAS GONE COLD. NO SUSPECTS NO MOTIVES. LAVERNE BUTLER / MOTHER OF RANDY JAMES C0010 9:26:49 “I MEAN HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELF KNOWING YOU KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. Y’ALL ARE FRIENDS OF HIS THEY KNOW WHO DID IT.” 9:26:55 AT HER SON’S GRAVE–SHE HAS A PLEA. THIS CHRISTMAS SHE DOESN’T WANT ANYTHING–BUT JUSTICE. LAVERNE BUTLER / MOTHER OF RANDY JAMES C0010 9:26:26 “NOBODY HAS TO KNOW JUST GIVE THEM THE ANSWERS THAT THEY NEED SO WE CAN REST. I NEED CLOSURE TO THIS.” 8:26:34 SHE’S MADE A PROMISE TO HER SON– SHE WON’T REST UNTIL POLICE CATCH HIS KILLER. NORFOLK POLICE ONCE AGAIN REMIND YOU THE TIP LINE FOR CRIMES IS COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. THEY JUST WANT LEADS TO SOLVE CRIMES LIKE RANDY JAMES MURDER. IN

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