The family of a Shreveport teenager killed in an attempted armed robbery-home invasion spoke only to KSLA News 12 about the impact the incident has had on two families.
Sunday night, Shreveport Police say 16-year-old Devon Young broke into a neighbor's home armed with a gun. The homeowner, a 63-year-old grandmother was inside with children and says she had not other choice but to kill the teenager.
Devon Young's family says he was a student at Fair Park High School and was trying to change his life and get back on track. Devon's father says his son kept getting sucked back into the streets. Tyrone Young says he wanted the best for his son, but he said Devon wanted to chase after the wrong things and hang with the wrong crowd.
Weeks before the deadly home invasion, Devon shared with his family that he wanted to go to a youth camp program in Minden, LA. He said had plans to get his GED at the camp and join the military.
Hours after the home invasion, KSLA News 12 interviewed the homeowner who did not want to show her face on camera. The woman said, "Lord I didn't want to kill him, Lord Jesus, I didn't want to do that, but it was going to be me or my children."
The woman says she fired her own weapon, after she says the teen forced her to a room to open up a safe. The homeowner said, "I was praying Lord give me strength. It's going to be either me or him tonight."
Devon's parents want the homeowner to know that they do not fault her and understand she had no other choice. Devon's father said his son knew what he was doing and he knew the consequences. He added, "My son crossed the line, my son was not a small kid. I am sure there was an element of fear for the lady, she had to protect herself."
Devon's family says they want to make sure no other families experience the same pain. They want other youth going down the wrong path to change their lives before it is too late.
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