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Mother of man killed in Birmingham park speaks about her son's death

Cellie Watson. Source: WBRC video Cellie Watson. Source: WBRC video
An undated, family photo of McDaniel Watson, Jr. Source: Watson family An undated, family photo of McDaniel Watson, Jr. Source: Watson family
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An elderly Birmingham woman is opening up about the homicide of her son in a Birmingham park.

"She was crying when she was talking to me," said 88-year-old Cellie Watson.

Watson said her daughter-in-law came to her home around 2 a.m. Saturday, August 30 to give Watson the heartbreaking news.

Her son, McDaniel Watson, Jr., had been shot.

"I said, 'Is my child gone?' She said, 'Yes,'" said Watson.

Police say McDaniel and his wife were walking in George Ward Park late on Friday, August 29 when someone tried to rob them. McDaniel was shot in the head.

Watson said when she arrived at the hospital he was still on a ventilator.

"You know it was hard," said Watson. "That was my child. I brought him up. The only thing I appreciate the Lord for is He didn't let him suffer."

Which is why Watson said she's at peace about her son's death.

She said the Navy veteran lived a good, Christian life. He always carried a small Bible with him and she says he had one in his pocket the night he was killed.

"Anytime you get to talking to him he was going to talk about the Lord," said Watson. "The Lord just took him and carried him on home. He's at peace and I am too."

Watson adopted McDaniel when he was a newborn. She considers it a blessing to even have had a son.

"I love him. Always will. I'm proud the Lord gave him to me for a short time," said Watson. "He would always call his mama and talk to his mama. So I'm going to miss that."

Birmingham detectives are still working to track him down the suspect. They have no leads right now.

Watson said she doesn't have hate for the suspect. She said she knows the Lord will handle that person.

McDaniel Watson, Jr. will be laid to rest on Saturday.

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