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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Catenia McGhee is living every parent's worst nightmare- preparing to lay her child to rest.
Demetrius McGhee, 20, was shot and killed nearly two weeks ago on Columbia Avenue, a few blocks down from his West Montgomery home.
His mother says he loved music and rapped and was working to get his GED and study electrical engineering.
"He's not here to do any of that because someone took his life. It's been awful. I can't listen to his songs that he made. I get to crying. Then I have to be here, looking at all his pictures and his stuff in his room. It's just hard to deal with," she told WSFA.
Last week, Central Alabama Crimestoppers announced that they are offering a cash reward for information leading to arrests in the case. But so far, officials say they received few tips.
When McGhee was murdered on Thursday, May 15 around 8:30 p.m., he became the eighth homicide victim in Montgomery in 2014.
Investigators say he was shot multiple times in the parking lot of ED Nixon school near the playground on Columbia Avenue. There were reportedly three gunmen in the parking lot shooting at him and they ran away afterwards. After he was shot, McGhee ran west and collapsed in the 300 block of Columbia Avenue.
The deadly incident unfolded as several adults and children looked on from the school's playground and it's those witnesses authorities hope can bring new developments in the case.
The group on the playground ran away before officers got there and along with McGhee's mother, police are asking the witnesses to come forward and/or anyone who might be able to identify the gunmen or know their whereabouts.
"Maybe they're scared. I hope someone will come forward and help police find out who killed my son because he didn't deserve to get killed. He didn't deserve to be gunned down the way they gunned him down. Something has to give because it's hard for his friends and family," his mother said.
A memorial fund has been set up to help McGhee's family cover the cost of burial expenses.
Those seeking to give to the fund can visit any Wells Fargo Bank and donate to the "Memorial for Demetrius McGhee." His services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ross-Clayton Funeral Home on Adams Avenue in Montgomery.
Meanwhile, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrests of any person involved in McGhee's death.
Please call the police immediately or Crime Stoppers at 215-STOP. The tip may lead to a cash reward.