Mother Of Suspected Killer Pleads For Son To Come Home

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A Columbus mother is pleading for her son to come forward after police say he fatally shot a store clerk.

"He was a football kid (and) deacon in the church," says Maya Foster. "I don't know if he snapped. I don't know."

Seventeen-year-old Devonere Simmonds is accused of shooting and killing the store clerk at Convenient Plus Food Mart on East Livingston Avenue late Wednesday.

"Words can’t describe it. My heart is broken," Foster said.

Foster admits that her son has had a few run-ins with the law, but she did not believe he was capable of killing anyone.

Foster says her son may have also been involved in a fatal shooting Sunday. She says her son came to her home with disturbing news later that day.

"He said that he thinks he accidentally killed someone," Foster said.

Foster says she immediately told her son that she needed to call police. According to Foster, her son took off.

"My prayers go out to the victim or victims of which my son may have caused great pain. I have no understanding of this," says Foster.  

Foster hasn’t seen her son all week and is now taking action to find him.

"I am looking. I am calling friends. We are riding around neighborhoods, knocking at doors," Foster said.

Foster says all she wants is for her son to turn himself in.

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