Mother grieves 16-year-old son who was killed over game of basketball

Favian Ramirez moved to SA 5 months ago

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SAN ANTONIO – A mother is grieving the loss of her son who was shot and killed at a park in Kirby on Friday. 

Rosa Ramirez fought to hold back tears when speaking to KSAT from her home in Mansfield, Texas, about her 16-year-old son, Favian Ramirez, who she said was killed over a basketball game.

"I'm devastated. He was my youngest child," Ramirez said. "I'm waiting for someone to call me and tell me this is not really happening."

Ramirez said her son moved to the San Antonio area about five months ago. He was hoping to forge a relationship with the father he never knew.

"I was going through some things with my son because of the age and him not listening to me, so I kind of thought it was a good thing for his dad to help me out," Ramirez said.

While living in San Antonio, Ramirez said her son improved in school, got into sports and was able to meet family members he didn't know. She said he was happy with the move.

"I don't think it’s something that I could've changed," Ramirez said.

A 16-year-old was arrested and charged with Favian Ramirez’s murder. His name has not been released due to his age. 

Through all the pain, Ramirez said she does not hold hatred toward the suspect.

"From the minute I knew it was a 16-year-old boy, I just felt sad," Ramirez said.

A suspect may have been arrested, but families who live in homes just yards away from the deadly shooting scene are on edge. Neighbors said they're shocked because this type of activity usually doesn't happen there.

"It's a nice neighborhood. We don't have too much trouble around here," said Firmus Duncan, who lives just yards away from where the shooting happened.

"Why would you kill someone just for that?" said Ramses Nieto, who also lives close to the park.

"It just doesn't make sense," Ramirez said. 

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