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Kalamazoo mother shot, killed on north side
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kalamazoo mother of three is shot and killed on the city's north side. It happened just before 2:30 Tuesday morning in front of a home in the 1100 block of Cobb Street.
35-year-old Tawana Fullerton's family says they're now trying to figure out how to move forward.
"Really sad, like I wanted to kill myself. I couldn't live without her," said Tray Henderson, the victim's 12-year-old son.
Tray wanted to sit down with News Channel 3 to talk about his mother who he says was so fun and liked to play.
And now, at such a young age, is now faced with his new reality - a life without his mom.
"I'm trying to stay strong."
And so is the rest of Fullerton's family.
"Right now, it's still hard to process cause my heart hurt and I just don't know how to deal with it," said Jackie Fullerton, the victim's mom.
Kalamazoo Public Safety officers say someone shot Fullerton and a man - who police have not yet identified - just outside of a home on Cobb Street around 2:15 am.
A neighbor - who did not want to be identified - says she heard about 6 or 7 gun shots. When she came outside she saw Fullerton and a man lying in the front yard. The neighbor heard the man say --- "save her, save my girlfriend." Later, the woman says she heard the man tell police that someone drove by, asked if they were okay, and when they said "yes", someone started shooting.
Fullerton was taken to the hospital --- where she was pronounced dead.
"They just said that they were sorry, that my daughter didn't make it," said Jackie Fullerton.
The man, who was also taken to the hospital, is listed in critical condition.
So while Fullerton's family waits for answers, they're doing their best to remember their daughter, and their mom, the way she was.
"She was a fun girl. She was a girl with attitude, attitude, I mean attitude but we all loved her," said Jackie Fullerton.
And from her son, Tray, a key piece of advice.
"People should not like to shoot people with guns like they should not to that that is the wrong thing to do."
Police are still investigating and have not yet identified a suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994.