‘I am not all right:’ Mother of slain teen calls on community support to help lay son to rest

15-year-old shot, killed in front of his home

OCOEE, Fla. – A family is in mourning after a 15-year-old boy was gunned down in front of his Ocoee home Monday.

The family said their house no longer feels like a home but a memorial site pointing out it was directly behind their vehicles where they watched him take his last breath.

“I see my baby laying on the ground, non-responsive … bleeding from his head and all I remember is yelling, ‘Soup, Soupie please don’t leave me, please don’t do this to me,’” Tara Ramirez said, referring to her son.

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An emotional Ramirez said she is doing her best to hold on after 15-year old Jesus Ramirez, her son, was shot in front of their home.

Ramirez described what happened before she found her son suffering from a gunshot wound.

“He snuck out to go to a party … with a few of his friends and at first he asked if he could go and I said, ‘No … you can’t go’… I had a bad feeling,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said after she fell asleep, she heard loud knocking at her front door. A friend of Jesus was at the door saying he’d been shot.

Police have arrested the shooting suspect, 15-year-old Ricardo Perez, who is charged with second-degree murder.

During an interview with News 6, Ramirez rummaged through old photos saying no one can imagine the pain she is feeling as a mother.

“I am not all right, I don’t know if I’m coming or going,” Ramirez said. “It’s bad.”

Ramirez wants everyone to know her son was a kind soul who took care of his siblings including his little sister with Down syndrome.

“He was such a good kid, had a lot of love for a lot of people, a lot, a lot,” she said.

Details of what happened that night are still under investigation.

The family is calling on the public’s help to lay Jesus to rest, if you would like to help donate you can find a link to the GoFundMe here.

About the Author:

Brian Didlake joined the News 6 team as a reporter in March 2021.