According to The Wisconsin State Journal, Jovan Freeny, who was slated to start his junior year of high school next month, was killed in a fatal drive-by just before midnight near Camp Randall Stadium, where the University of Wisconsin football team plays.
Approximately 100 people were reportedly in the street during Saturday’s party just before midnight when the shooting occurred. The police also reported that multiple shell casings were found in the road.
Freeny’s mother, Tehesha Williams, stated that her son attended the party on Saturday with friends. Williams also said that Freeny’s friends had driven him to the hospital and left him in the parking lot.
“I want justice for my son; he definitely didn’t deserve this,” Williams said. “They took a piece of me away and I’ll probably never be the same.”
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family through the tragedy.
“Hello, my name is Katie and I’m starting this fundraiser for somebody I work with. I read in the paper this morning that this weekend a 17 year old high school student was shot and killed while attending a party here in Madison near Camp Randall Stadium. Come to find out, I work with this young man’s mother. I’m trying to raise some money for her to help with expenses she will incur while dealing with this devastating situation. Any amount of money will help. Please give. She needs community support right now.”
Police are not clear if Freeny was the intended target, but his mother really believes that he was the intended target.
“I just want whoever’s out there that knows anything, seen anything, heard anything — anything — say something,” Williams said. “This is a child’s life taken. No matter what the situation is, nobody deserves it.”