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Family celebrates Ty’Sean Finch on what would have been his 17th birthday

Finch’s mother, Terri Sims, talks about the recent arrests of two teenagers involved in her son’s murder.

A birthday. A moment. It’s yours. Ask for anything. Wish for anything.

He wanted to go to New York. He wanted a car. He wanted a new phone.

A birthday. A moment. Your moment to wish for anything. An ask that is sealed with a gust of breath turning flame to flittering fume. His candle, though, he can’t blow out.

“Today is June 10, my son’s 17th birthday,” Terri Sims said. “Ty’Sean Finch’s 17th birthday.”

Finch would have been 17. The 16-year-old was shot and killed on May 24 after police say an argument escalated. Family members said their final goodbyes Wednesday at a celebration of life service.

“I don’t think nothing would be able to help me understand why my son is not here,” Sims said.

Tuesday, Columbus Police say two teenagers were arrested in the case. A 17-year-old boy was charged with felonious assault. Jamale Jones, 16, was also charged with felonious assault, as well as murder. 

Sims says she believes Ty’Sean knew the two teens, but is unclear of their relationship. At Finch’s service, a mother’s plea to teenagers to put down the guns.

“When is enough enough,” Sims said. “When can we go back to how it used to be?”

Escalating exchanges ending in extremes.

“It’s more than one family that has lost a loved one to violence,” Sims said.

His birthday. His moment to be remembered. His 15-year-old brother Ty’Wan said he will always remember his older brother for the way he walked and talked and how he was a positive person. He now wears a pin on his shirt showing his brother’s picture.

“I’m gonna always keep this pin on me at all times,” he said.

Memories; ones that must never be forgotten. A wish from a family that will forever be fulfilled.