Mother of slain Van Horn High School student recalls their last conversation; suspect taken into custody

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A suspect has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Van Horn High School student, prosecutors announced Tuesday afternoon.

Tymon Derrick Reed
Tymon Derrick Reed

20-year-old Tymon Derrick Reed of Kearney, Mo., was taken into custody at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. He faces charges of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action.

16-year-old Javon Reilly was shot around 2:30 p.m. Monday in a driveway in the 1100 block of Home Avenue, which is a few blocks away from the school.

Investigators said it may have started as a fight over marijuana. Witnesses said the suspect was looking for someone else.

A witness told FOX 4 that she was walking home with Reilly and a group of friends after school when they were approached by two men she didn't recognize.

She said Reilly was approached by the suspect, and asked him about another person.

"The fact that they was looking for somebody else, you know, that's why we figured they didn't want conflict between nobody," the witness said.

Witnesses noted that Reilly tried to avoid the confrontation and walk away, but Reed continued to confront him. That's when Reed pulled a gun. The two struggled over the gun when a shot fired, according to court documents.

Reilly was reportedly hit and limped as he tried to run away, but as he did so, the suspect continued to shoot at him, witnesses said.

Those witnesses also took videos of the incident, which they showed to police, court documents say.

Reed is held in the Jackson County jail. Prosecutors have requested a $200,000 cash bond.

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Meanwhile, a mother is left with the heartbreaking realization that she will never again speak to her son.

Jackie Reilly said her son loved football, basketball, and hanging out with friends. She still remembers their last conversation before he left for school.

"Don't be late for school, and I love you," Jackie recalled. She had no idea it would be the last conversation she'd ever have with her son.

"I'm never going to be able to see my son again. They wouldn't even let me see him yesterday," Jackie said through tears.

She said Javon had just left Van Horn High School when the attack happened. She called her son loyal, and said he would always stick up for his friends.

"It's always the innocent ones getting shot," Jackie said. The grieving mother said Javon also leaves behind six heartbroken brothers and sisters.

She said she moved to Independence to get her son into a better school district. Javon loved going to Van Horn High School, and was working on getting his grades back up so he could play football again.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for Reilly's funeral expenses.

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