Mother of NSU student killed in Norfolk: ‘Right now I’m shattered inside’

Jaquan Anderson (Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The family of the Norfolk State University student killed Friday night spent time at the University on Monday collecting his belongings from his dorm.

Ruth Ackies told 10 On Your Side, “Right now I’m shattered inside.”

“He was the best part of all of us combined,” she said of her son Nicholas Ackies, 18.

Standing with her children Monday, Ruth Ackies described the phone call she received from a Norfolk State University coach Friday night.

“My first words I think were what’s wrong?” Ruth Ackies recalls.

Ackies said her son Nicholas was supposed to be headed home to Richmond that night. Instead the coach called.

Nicholas Ackies was found shot inside an apartment on Hayes Street on Friday night, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jaquan Anderson (Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

“Then he broke down and said Nick’s been shot,” Ackies recalled. “I said like no, no, no, no. Why my baby?”

Norfolk Police said Ackies was shot and killed inside an apartment on Hayes Street. According to an affidavit for a search warrant, the suspect, Jaquan Anderson, told 911 he killed his friend with a gun.

An investigator reportedly saw trauma to Ackies’ face and several gun casings on the floor.

Anderson, who is a former NSU student, is now charged with murder.

Neighbors say Anderson lived in the apartment where the shooting happened. One neighbor we spoke to said he was home at the time but didn’t hear anything.

“I knew something had happened so I came downstairs and there was more and more detectives to pull up. It was pretty weird,” Bryan Theobold said.

“There is nothing that could have been so great that you took another life,” Ruth Ackies said.

“We’re going to just miss him. His personality, his laughter. His goofiness,” she said.

The family has created a website to help with funeral arrangements. Plans have not been finalized but the family is preparing for a service in Richmond.