GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - The parents of the teenager shot and killed outside a Gwinnett County nightclub want civil damages.
A security guard is charged with Domiquo Riley's murder. But the security guard, identified by police as Christopher Parker, is a convicted felon and the family said he should never have been working at the club.
"He had a lot of life left to live. He had a lot of aspirations that he wanted to do in life. He could have been a good example to others," said Domiquo Riley's mother, Temika Harden as she wiped away tears.
Harden opened up about losing her son too soon. Domiquo, often called Miquo, was at Midnight Blu Night Club in Gwinnett County with his girlfriend, and friends when a fun night out turned tragic.
"We don't know why it happened, what caused it," said family attorney Eugene Felton.
Felton said a fight broke out in the parking lot, and that's when the shots rang out. Gwinnett County Police arrested the club's security guard, Christopher Parker, charging him with murder.
"One of the things that makes this such a tragic event and unnecessary death is that the shooter, who was retained and hired by the nightclub was a convicted felon," said Felton.
Meaning, it was against the law for Parker to have a weapon. Harden said he shouldn't have been there that night and has a message to other club owners
"A dollar isn't worth a child's life. And you need to make sure that you learn something from this and gain proper security," said Harden.
Following the shooting, a number of witnesses took off and the family is pleading with these people to come forward. Harden feels there are more people involved in her son's death who need to be held accountable.
"It's been hard. You never think it's going to happen to you. And we have our days where it's really bad, can’t eat, can’t sleep. Then you have the days where you just try to remember the good things and try to put a smile on your face," said Harden.