‘I’m feeling destroyed’: Shooting victim’s family mourning loss of brother, father

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

A family is left wondering how they’ll continue on without their grandson, their brother, their father, after he died Monday night as another victim of gun violence in Tuscaloosa.

Lamont LaKeith Cameron, 26, was killed and his half-brother Orlando Blackmon was injured Monday in a shooting at 27th Street in West Tuscaloosa.

Cameron’s sister Kiera Nicholson, grandmother Lena Cameron and Mercedes Richardson, who is the mother of his children, said with Lamont, there was never a dull moment.

“It’s tough, it’s real tough,” Nicholson said. “I can’t believe it. I just don’t know what to say. He loved dancing, talking, laughing. That was him.”

Cameron’s grandmother said the family is in shambles over their sudden loss.

“I’m feeling destroyed,” Lena Cameron said. “Because that’s a young life being taken too soon. I could see it, if he was running around, going to stores and stealing, taking stuff that he shouldn’t take. I could see that, somebody doing something like that to him. But he was a good child in my eyesight. Now, everybody doesn’t have the same eyesight, but for me when he would come up on my porch saying ‘Grandma,’ he was a good boy.”

Cameron leaves behind an unborn child, and Richardson said she’s crushed that her child will grow up without him.

“My baby won’t have a daddy,” she said. “He was there every day. My last child, that was his child even though biologically it was not his. That was her dad. My baby’s face would light up when would walk through the door. That’s a hurt feeling because you got close to a child that isn’t even yours, and now he is gone.”

Cameron’s family wants justice, but they want it done the right way.

“We want it the right way,” Lena Cameron said. “So we can see whoever’s face it is. I just left from around there on the street. There is his blood on the walkway. He bled out on the street, like a dog. You don’t do that. Every time we look on the news there’s a young person dead or shot.”

Cameron’s family is asking for support from the community, and they are begging that the violence stops.

“Please stop the killing,” Lena Cameron said. “They grabbed one of mine. I don’t like it, and y’all need to do something. Police, y’all really do.”

Investigators have not yet released details on what led to the double shooting, and no one has been arrested.

This is still an active investigation, if you have any information, you can call the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit at 205-464-8692.

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