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Family asking questions after son shot, killed near their Jacksonville home

11:07 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local family has questions as they mourn the loss of their son, Thomas Nunley.

"The last couple days I've done nothing but cry and think and wonder why," said Aaron Westbrook, Nunley's father.

Westbrook is surrounded by family and friends during this difficult time.

"It's been hell," said Westbrook.

The 19-year-old they know as T.J. was found dead on the side of the road near their home in Fort Caroline early Sunday morning, according to police.

Westbrook said he and his wife were on their way home when they passed the police cars in the 7000 block of Fort Caroline Road, not knowing it was where their son had been shot and killed.

They didn't learn the news until hours later.

"I heard her say 'T.J. is dead,'" Westbrook said.

T.J., who suffered from ADHD, often went for walks to clear his head, Westbrook said.

It was on a walk when he was shot and killed.

"He was a good kid. He didn't deserve this," said Aaron Westbrook.

"No parent ever should have to bury their child," said T.J.'s mother Denna.

The family is spending the hours gathered around the dining table looking at pictures of T.J.

Denna calls her son funny, quiet and into music, art and video games and said he was getting his GED and hoped to pursue graphic design.

"It's just like a nightmare you want to wake up from. You just can't imagine," said Denna.

"I love him very much and I will always love him and I will never forget him," said Aaron.



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