Independence mom recounts hearing sirens she later learned were responding to her son’s murder

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - An Independence mom who heard the sound of sirens, an ambulance and police cars racing down her street this past Sunday didn't think much of it at the time. Little did she know, those sirens were the sound of cars responding to her son's murder.

"Next month would've been his birthday he'd be 24," Lisa Diaz said of her son.

It's been almost one week since Diaz was told her son was dead.

"It's all the sudden, you know?" Diaz said.

Lisa was at work Sunday afternoon, when she saw an ambulance and police cars race down the street.

"I heard everything," Diaz said. "I didn't know what they were doing. I didn't know it was my kid."

Police say someone called 911 and a man was hit by a car and was lying in the parking lot of Hawthorne Place Apartments.

When officers got on scene, they realized Phillip had been shot.

"He didn't deserve to die," Diaz said. "He didn't deserve to be dumped out like trash in the parking lot. No one deserves that. And a mom shouldn't have to bury her kids."

A neighbor sat with Phillip's lifeless body until police arrived. Diaz met that neighbor Saturday.

"I appreciated her being there. Even if there was nothing she could do. He wasn't alone. He had somebody with him," Diaz said.

No arrests have been made in Phillip's homicide. Lisa has no clue why someone would want to hurt her son.

"I'm racking my brain," Diaz said.

She's getting through life, minute by minute, trying to figure out how she's going to afford to bury her son and how she'll continue to live without him.

"I can't go back," Diaz said. "I can't talk to him. I can't see him alive. The next time I see my son he's gonna be in a casket."

If you know anything about Phillip's homicide, call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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