Loved ones mourn death of DeKalb County high school grad

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He was prepared to head off to college on a football scholarship, but the family of Trevon Richardson is now preparing to say goodbye to him.

Richardson, a Cedar Grove High School football star, was murdered just days after his graduation. The victim's father said he allowed his son to hang out with friends Monday night when, according to police, the 18-year-old was gunned down outside the Life at Peppertree Circle apartments off Columbia and Flat Shoals Parkway. Police said numerous individuals fled the scene. Detavion McDay, 18, was charged with Richardson’ murder.

His mother, Nicole Richardson, said there are no words and that she is emotionless. His father, Freddie Richardson, said seeing his son’s casket brought about the sad reality that he will never be coming home. He said it is heart-wrenching to know his son’s departure is permanent.

The family said they do find some solace that someone has been taken into custody for his murder.

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Mrs. Richardson said something’s definitely not right in this world when parents must bury their children.

Police did not initially reveal a motive for the crime, but the family told FOX 5 News the teenager's graduation money was missing.

"Our detectives were able to connect the dots and drum up some good leads and that's how we got the arrest. The motive looks like robbery and it is possible there could be other arrests as the investigation continues," said Major K.D. Johnson, DeKalb County Police Department South Precinct.

McDay continues to be held at the DeKalb County Jail without bond.

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