N.S. mom seeks answers, justice 5 years after son's shooting death
A Nova Scotia mother is still searching for answers five years after her son’s tragic death.
Jerell Aaron Wright was shot in the head while standing in a driveway in North Preston on May 13, 2009. His killer has never been caught and his mother says it’s time someone answered for his death.
“A violent death is a violent death and it should never go unanswered,” says Darleen Wright.
She says life continues on for her family, but every day she waits for the phone to ring.
“Five years is a long time to suffer and pretend that life is normal and happy,” says Wright.
The case was added to Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program two years ago, but no arrests have been made.
Police say they believe the bullet that struck and killed Wright wasn’t actually meant for him.
“Police believe there were witnesses to this and we still believe that,” says RCMP Cpl. Scott McRae. “These types of crimes are going to be solved with the public’s help.”
For now, Wright finds comfort in the fact that her son’s death was not in vain. He was on life support for a week before she made the decision to follow his wishes and donate his organs.
“That’s more than enough for me. Who can say that their son is resting in peace, but he’s still in the world?”
A devout Christian, Wright has also found solace in prayer.
“When the prayers go up, the blessings come down, so the blessing will be one of those people come forward, please.”
She hopes to one day install a bench at her son’s grave so that family and friends can sit and visit. She also plans to start a non-profit organization for mothers who have lost children to violent deaths.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Gena Holley