The family of a Davenport teenager who was shot and killed in January is sharing their story for the first time with Local 4 News.
Davenport police responded to a shots fired call on January 26 just after 11p.m.
That’s where they found 17-year-old Angel Herrera suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the 1300 block of Warren Street.
Herrera was transferred to Genesis Hospital and later airlifted to Iowa City, where he died of his injuries.
Now just over five months later, police are still looking for those responsible.
On Wednesday, the family held a small memorial on what would have been his 18th birthday.
They say they hope that by sharing his story, the truth will come out.
On Wednesday Angel’s mother issued a statement to the community, asking anyone with information to come forward:
“Please, if anyone has information about who killed my son, please call the police. The day my son died my life completely changed. No mother should ever have to go through the loss of a child. My son was a great son with a good heart. He was funny, he had such a great sense of humor. Sometimes I would get upset with him, I would scold him, and he would just look at me with that big smile and I would forget why I was mad. He had a beautiful smile- a smile that I will never be able to see again. Those who knew my son know that he was a little quiet until he got comfortable enough to be himself. Overall, he was loved by many and for that reason many of us are hurting over his loss. We miss him dearly and although nothing can ever bring him back to us, one thing I will say and that is that whoever did this needs to be brought in for prosecution before someone else ends up dead. All we want is justice for Angel. Please speak up if you know something so that we can at last get a little closure. Today, June 27, would have been his 18th birthday and I can’t even hug mmy son to wish him a happy birthday, or tell him how much I love him.” – Angel’s Mother.
On Wednesday, Angel’s Dad, Arnoldo Herrera says his son was with family members when he was shot.
“He was a nice boy, quiet, he wasn’t out there looking for trouble,” said Herrera.
Herrera says all he wants is to see his son again.
“How am I going to hug him? Wish him happy birthday? I’m not going to be able to do that.”
Herrera says it’s been painful for the whole family, and knowing those responsible are still out there is frustrating.
“We just want to feel better knowing that person is caught,” said Herrera.
And while the family wants justice, the want Angel back more. Herrera says the gun violence needs to end, and people need to put the guns down.
“When is it going to stop, you know?”
Instead of ringing in Angel’s birthday on Wednesday, they held a memorial, gathering with balloons on Warren Street.
“I just to wish my son happy birthday…and that I love him.”
Anyone with information about Angel Herrera’s death is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-9500 All calls are anonymous.