After serving more than 20 years as a law enforcement officer, Felicia Rucker has seen violence at it's worst.
But she never thought such violence would affect her own child and snatch him from her life. Her son, Kennis, was shot and killed earlier this week in Docena. Two men have been charged with capital murder in his death.
If you talk to Felicia Rucker for just a few minutes, it's very easy to tell she and her son were very close.
Thursday, she spoke with FOX6 about her son's upbringing, the fact that Kennis grew up just a few houses away from the man now accused of his death and how she is trying to hold on to the memories of her son any way she can.
"Loving. He was so affectionate. He liked to hug and kiss and he'd hold onto you and talk to you," Rucker says as she describes her son.
She raised him and her younger daughter to work hard, stay away from trouble. So when Kennis decided to join the army, she didn't stop him.
He served two tours in Afghanistan and even volunteered to go to Iraq. His mom admits it was always a little frightening, knowing he was in harm's way.
"And God kept him and brought him back and this happens," she said.
It was early Monday morning when she got the call. Kennis had been visiting the house where his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter lived.
Around 1 a.m., authorities say Markeith Hall, the woman's ex-boyfriend, came to pick up his daughter, the little girl.
An altercation occurred and Kennis closed the door. Authorities say that's when Hall responded.
"He was outside on the front porch with his daughter and shot my son with his own child in his hand. So what kind of person is he?" Rucker questions.
Kennis died a short while later, suddenly taken from his girlfriend, from his mom and from his three young daughters.
"And he thinks he hurt Kennis. Kennis is not here. You hurt everybody left behind," Rucker said.
Rucker, who's a lieutenant with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, says she'll be there every step to make sure her son gets justice.
But right now, she's trying to deal with the fact her son is gone. A fact that hit her hard when she visited the funeral home to buy his vault.
The question was asked: did she want one that goes down in the ground or one sits on top.
"And my thinking is, I want one that sits on top of the ground, because if I don't bury him, it's not over. But it is over," she said.
Rucker's funeral will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 19 at the New Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Graysville.
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