Mum calls for justice again after her 16-year-old son’s death

By Stephen Moody

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MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – A mother is asking for justice again after her son was shot and killed late last year.

“It’s very heartbreaking that a 15-year-old can walk up to someone and kill them,” Nija Hill said.

Hill told FOX10 that life has been tough since her son Chavan Scruggs was killed just five months ago near his high school.

A few days after his death, a 15-year-old suspect was arrested and charged. Hill told us it all started after a good deed from his son.

“At the time my son was murdered, he let someone who wasn’t as lucky as him borrow his shoes. He was going to get his shoes back because he started a new school,” Hill said.

It was then that Scruggs was shot and killed. A vigil was held at this exact spot near Allison Street.

Hill says she stays strong with the help of hoodies bearing Chavan’s name that she designs herself.

Five months later, the family still holds those memories close as this investigation continues.

“We are not looking to bury our children. We expect our children to bury us. You are really tearing yourself apart; you can just totally interrupt a person’s life by taking someone’s life. You didn’t just take a person’s life. You took someone who was a good person and a funny person. A child,” Hill said.

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