Christmas murder victim's family talks

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The family of Montgomery's latest murder victim breaks it's silence. The fatal shooting happened on Larchmont Drive at 8:20 p.m. Christmas night.

It started off as a happy Christmas family gathering for the Mushats on Larchmont drive in Montgomery.

"we were just sitting down, you know, being a family like people do for Christmas," Montgomery resident Shonda Mushat said.

Then in a matter of minutes, things turned fatal.

"My baby gone, my baby gone," Montgomery resident Linda Mushat said.

The victim's mother Linda Mushat says three shots were fired: one that hit a window, the second, the front door and the third shot went in the head of 25-year-old Jervarin Mushat. The mother witnessed the tragic scene.

"When he shot my baby and I looked and I got out that car and tried to run to my baby my baby was dead when he hit that ground cause his brains was coming out of him," Linda Mushat said.

The mother says her son died in the middle of the yard. Mushat said the victim's two small kids and other relatives were in the yard at the time. She says he tried to shield them from the bullets.

"Those children were jumping and hollering and hollering. When he turned around to get his daughter, he got shot in his head. That was so low down, he could have killed in one of my grandchildren out here. He didn't have no remorse and lord I hope they don't have none on him," Linda Mushat said.

Police are still investigating the shooting. The family doesn't know why it happened but did say the victim knew the male shooter because they were talking minutes before the shooting.

He ain't the type to have enemies. If you get into with you, will have try to straighten it out," Mushat said.

The Mushats say Christmas is all about family and giving and Jervarin did just that, buying gifts for all of the kids in the family.

"It was like he was Santa Claus yesterday cause he was in such a good spirit," Shonda Mushat said.

Family members say they will cherish his memory while hoping someone is brought to justice.

"Let the lord have mercy on his soul," Linda Mushat said.

Police have a strong lead on the suspect involved in the shooting. But no one is in custody yet.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness hotline at 262-4000.

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