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Woman says violence needs to end, after cousin shot and killed in Roanoke

Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 6:42 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A man is dead and no one has been arrested after a shooting in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Williamson Road early Saturday.

Tiffany Brown lay red roses on the spot where her cousin’s life was cut short.

“'Cause I just needed to do something, I just needed to do something, I wanted to come over and hold him when I saw him laying here," she said.

Five o’clock Saturday morning, Brown received a phone call from another cousin.

“And when I answered the phone, he asked me what I was doing, and I said I was asleep, and he said, Jemar just got killed," Brown explained.

She says her cousin, 42-year-old Jemar Loveless, was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Police say the shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. outside the 7-Eleven in the 3600 block of Williamson Road in Roanoke. Officers found a suspect at the scene. Crews gathered evidence from a car and the surrounding area for about eight hours.

Now, Brown says she and Loveless' two children are left to grieve.

“My heart hurts ... He was family-oriented, he was friendly, he was very, very friendly," Brown said.

She lost another family member to gun violence in her past, and she says it needs to stop.

“It’s been needing to stop because we all need each other, like, we’re here to help each other, we’re not supposed to be doing this to each other; it’s nothing that serious to where we have to gun each other down," she said.

This shooting marks the 12th homicide in Roanoke this year.

“Y’all got to stop. Y’all got to stop," Brown said.

Police say everyone involved in the shooting knew each other. No charges have been filed against the suspect as the investigation continues.

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