Family of Shooting Victim Speaks Out

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

When Jerome Hearn's family members found out that he had been murdered, they were heartbroken.

"I'm just very heartbroken that someone would be so evil to do something like this," said Christina Henderson, Jerome's sister. "And I feel like this was a senseless crime and it didn't have to happen."

Jerome was the only son out of three children. His two sisters said they have great memories of him to hold onto.

"I will remember him as a very soft spoken person who had a heart as big as this world," said Henderson. "He was good as gold. He would do anything for anybody. And I just don't understand why anyone would do anything to hurt him."

"He was so generous. Whenever I needed something, I would always go to him," said Jerome's sister, Dana Chatman. "He would always keep my kids for me when I was late for school."

Hearn's family said it won't be easy dealing with this loss. They plan on turning to each other for the support they need throughout this hard time.

"We're helping each other," said Phyllis Ann Chatman, Jerome's mother. "We're coming together as a family to help each other and to bond, because I brought my children up to love each other."

For this family, the pain is very real. They said they just don't understand why someone would commit such a horrible act.

"It's like what my daughter said," said Phyllis. "It was just senseless the way my son died. And I hope for all of the other young people out there this will open their eyes."

Hearn was a son, an uncle, a brother, and a father. He had a little boy who was just eleven years old.


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  • by ms. m Location: meridian on Nov 5, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    sorry for your lost. GOO will see you thru. hang in there. there's nothing like a mother's love. mother's always see the good in their children.
  • by Sedrick Location: College Park, GA on Nov 3, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    I am going to miss you man. My prayers are with your family. I
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    Bless your heart Brittany. I know you are hurting just as much as his family. God will comfort you. Remember in life, every crisis teaches a lesson. Be strong!!
  • by CANTEA Location: MERIDIAN on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY. AND MOST OF ALL HIS MOM. MAY GOD BE WITH U ALL!
  • by Brittany on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    Wow Big D that was really out of line. Have some respect. You really should have kept that comment to yourself.
  • by Big D Location: somewhere on Nov 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Nah, I doubt jerome will be callin your phone boo lol.....but hey, it was good while it lasted huh
  • by shawty Location: mtown on Nov 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    I still can't believe that Rome is gone either he was such a cool person. R.i.P Jerome
  • by Brittany Jentoft on Nov 2, 2009 at 10:03 PM
    Jerome and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. This still doesn't seem real to me. I keep hoping I will wake up from this bad dream and Jerome will call my phone.
  • by ricardo barfield Location: augusta ga on Nov 2, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    rome was a good person ijust talk to him about two weeks ago and i cant believe that that happened to my boy when i was 13 me an rome use to stay next door from one another when i needed something he was always there he was a good person it seem like all the good has to go soon rip jerome
  • by FEEL THE PAIN Location: MERIDIAN on Nov 2, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    SISSY, WE ALL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THE LORD WILL EASE YOUR PAIN.
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