PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Omar Booker’s mother, Maxine Vinson, wants answers after her son was gunned down doing the job he loves.
“Why, why? What did you get out of this? You took my child. Why? He hasn’t ever done anything to you,” she said.
Vinson told WAVY.com Portsmouth police aren’t saying much about how or why her son was shot at his job Tuesday night.
According to a press release, officers got a 911 call at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday night about shots fired near Philadelphia Cold Cuts in the 2300 block of King Street. Responding officers found Booker inside the business, where he was pronounced dead at 10:09 p.m.
‘”He loved his job. Went to work every day. Even when he was sick, they had to send him home,” Vinson said.
Omar Booker worked at Philadelphia Cold Cuts since he was 14-years-old. Vinson said he was a senior at I.C. Norcom High School and was mulling over going to college or joining the Navy. Omar was also raising a one-year-old son.
Now Vinson is hoping the people her son touched will help his family. Maxine said she can’t afford to pay for his funeral or burial costs.
“I’m not prepared for anything like this. I don’t have [money] to send my baby home,” she said. “I don’t have anything set up like this. I wasn’t expecting anything like this for my 18-year-old.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe account in order to help pay for funeral costs. If you would like to help, donations can be made here. A candlelight vigil will be held at Philadelphia Cold Cuts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police continue to investigate. If you have any information about this crime, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.