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Mother of Roanoke shooting victim speaks out

Tamikco Pannell says she has now lost two sons to gun violence in NW Roanoke


ROANOKE, Va. – The mother of a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed in northwest Roanoke Saturday is speaking out. 

Police say the body of Terrance Pannell was discovered in a home in the 1600 block of Mercer Avenue just after midnight.

Terrance is now Tamikco Pannell's second son to have been shot and killed here in northwest Roanoke in the last five years.

"I can't believe it. I can't believe that this has happened," Pannell said.

For Tamicko Pannell, another crime scene and another son killed by gun violence.

"Right now I just, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to feel. I'm just kind of numb," Pannell said.

Pannell says she was asleep at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina when she got the call just after midnight. She immediately made the trip with her daughter.

"My other son was murdered, and to hear that this son was murdered, I couldn't believe it. I really wanted to see it, I wanted to see it for myself to believe it," Pannell said.

Her other son, 19-year-old Saeed Majied, was shot and killed on Patton Avenue in 2013. Today, confronting another tragedy, she's at a loss.

"There's really no words to explain it, that somebody could have that much hostility in their heart to do something like this and take another human being's life," Pannell said.

WSLS asked Pannell about her son Terrance, who she said was in the process of renovating the home he was found in on Mercer Avenue.

"He has a mother, he has a father, a grandmother that's still living, a grandfather. He has siblings, he has younger brothers, he has a baby, a fiance. He has a family," Pannell said.

Pannell says her son Terrance was discovered by his fiancee after she came to check on him and found the back door open. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene and they collected evidence from inside the house. Pannell said she hopes the investigation leads to an arrest.

"I don't want this to be a mystery murder. I don't want this to be a mystery murder," Pannell said.

Saturday's homicide is the second shooting in northwest Roanoke in two days. If you have any information about this incident, you're asked to call Roanoke police.