Mother of murdered teen demands justice, supports KC mayor’s efforts


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mother of a 15-year-old boy shot and killed Tuesday in a Ruskin Heights park is demanding justice against all of those involved in her son’s murder.

“You all could have settled it different, but you settled it with killing my baby,” said Janae Drake, mother of Terrell Bell. “My only one son. Am I angry? Angry! Do I have any forgiveness for anybody? No. I’m hurt. I’m hurt. I lost my only one son.”

Drake expressed the pain more and more families are feeling after losing loved ones in shootings.   The mother of three said she has watched surveillance video of three suspects chasing her son down the street near Sycamore Park, which ended with one person shooting and killing Bell.

Drake said teens don’t solve their differences by fighting anymore. She said it seems everybody has to grab a gun. And although she says she tried to teach Bell to walk away from confrontations, she lost her son anyway to a shooting in the streets.

“He had plans for football, college, everything,” Drake said. “I didn’t raise my son in the streets. I didn’t raise my son to be a gangster. I didn’t raise my son to be nothing like how he went out in the streets. My baby got shot down in the street. They chased him. I want justice for the other two. I want justice.”

Drake said only one person has been charged in Bell’s death, even though she believes three were involved in the crime. She wants the other two suspects held accountable for their actions as well.

“There were three people,” she said. “One person got charged. Am I OK with that? No. Could I sleep at night? No. I want everybody that chased my son down charged.”

KCPD said it does not expect any further arrests in this case.

FOX4 found the owners of the security video who told us they can not give us a copy because police erased it from their hard dive after copying the video.

We asked KCPD about the video, if officers had permission to erase the video and if that is department policy. The department responded that it “cannot speak to any of the evidence as this is still part of an ongoing investigation.”

Drake also said the mayor’s public safety budget didn’t have anything to do with what happened to her son. She claimed that if police had been doing their jobs, Mayor Quinton Lucas would not have had to create a separate prevention and community services fund.

Lucas said at the news conference that deaths like this are why the status quo needs to change, relating to the way police have always been funded.

The juvenile has been charged with second-degree murder and will face a certification hearing to determine if he will be tried as an adult or remain in the juvenile system.

If he is certified as an adult, he could face life in prison. If he remains in the juvenile justice system, the 15-year-old could be subject to community supervision, residential placement or commitment to the Division of Youth Services until he is 21.

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