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‘My son didn’t deserve this’ says mom of teen killed in shooting

Tasandra Wilkerson tells Channel 2 Action News she wants to know what happened when her son was shot and killed at an Atlanta gas station on Friday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Tasandra Wilkerson tells Channel 2 Action News she wants to know what happened when her son was shot and killed at an Atlanta gas station on Friday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The mother of a teenager says she wants to know why her son was shot to death at an Atlanta gas station on Friday.

Daronald Wilkerson, 17, was shot at the Texaco service station at 1974 Sylvan Road SW in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Police now believe the shooter and several other people were in the car with Wilkerson, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“These subjects were seen running from the vehicle in which the victim was found,” police wrote in a release.

Police have released these photos of a person of interested in  Friday night's deadly shooting. (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)
Police have released these photos of a person of interested in Friday night's deadly shooting. (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)

Any information that can lead to the identification of these young men, please contact: Det. D. Philemon at 404-548-6603.

In a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses, Wilkerson's mother, Tasandra Wilkerson, said her son "was such a gentleman, with a kind heart who loved to laugh." He was a student at Benjamin E. Mays High School and was one of six children.

At a candlelight vigil at the Wilkersons’ home Saturday night, Tasandra Wilkerson told Channel 2 she had trouble sleeping knowing her son’s killer hasn’t been caught.

“I really want to know what happened to my baby,” she said. “…My son didn’t deserve this.”

Dozens of people who gathered for the vigil shared memories of Wilkerson, a high school junior, who was described as someone who loved music and fashion, Channel 2 reported. Wilkerson’s brother called him “a very caring person.”

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach reports.