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Mother of Homerville murder victim speaks out

Ronda Cross-Scott Ronda Cross-Scott
HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) -

"As a mother, this is a mother's nightmare; to get a phone call that your son was murdered in cold blood. I was completely devastated," said Ronda Cross-Scott, Clay Cross's mother.

She got that phone call Saturday after her son Clay was murdered.  He was home from college for the weekend. When he went to the 912 Social Club Saturday night to see about a possible job, he was hit with a stray bullet intended for someone else.

When Clay pulled into the parking lot at the club on Saturday night to see about a deejay opportunity, he left the engine running because he was only planning on being in there for just a minute. But when he went inside a pair of gang members outside the club fired a shot into the club to try and get a rival gang member inside the club to come out. Unfortunately, the bullet ricocheted and hit Clay.

"Clay was an avid swimmer, he was a life guard, he was an Eagle Scout, and most of all he was a caring gentle giant to everyone he met," said Clay's mother.

Clay's mother added that at a prayer vigil at the college Monday, a student told a story of how Clay even gave the jacket off his back to a homeless person.

But despite all of the wonderful memories Clay's mother has of him, that doesn't make losing her son any easier. "I'm gonna miss his love and his laughter," she admitted.

Clay Cross will be buried in his Morehouse shirt and jacket. The family will have a wake from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday night at Brown's Chapel AME Church in Homerville. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church on Highway 441 in Homerville.

Two other suspects, Dexter Freeney and Steven Monroe, were arrested Monday. All the suspects are charged with aggravated assault, felony murder, and possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

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