Shooting victim’s friends, family mourn his loss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Police say 20-year-old Ty-shon Perry was just sitting on the front steps of his cousin’s River Avenue home on Saturday when he was suddenly shot. He was rushed the hospital, but he died shortly after he arrived.

“With him not here, it’s emptiness,” Donna Perry, the victim’s grandmother, said. “You know what I mean? You’re numb.”

Perry’s alleged killer, 20-year-old Justice Andrade, turned himself in to police on Monday. While Andrade remains in custody waiting for his Tuesday morning arraignment, Perry’s family is preparing for his funeral.

“My daughter… with him being her only kid, I don’t know how she’ll survive,” Donna Perry said. “I don’t know how she’ll live.”

Police say Perry did not have a criminal record. They said he had no known connections to any neighborhood gangs, and his family said he had aspirations of joining the police force. He had just graduated from New England Institute of Technology with an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

“He was never a street kid, and I don’t understand who would want to hurt him like this,” Donna Perry said.

Police are still working to pinpoint a motive in Saturday’s shooting. They said do not believe Perry was targeted in the shooting.

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