JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The mother of the teenager who was killed in a shooting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Jacksonville Landing said that neither her son nor the man whom police say shot him should have been carrying guns.
"My son was a great student and had a bright future, just like Tyrik (Solomon)," said Monifa Petersen, Khamoi Petersen's mother. "The reality is neither of them should have had a gun."
A police report detailing surveillance video of the shooting says Khamoi Peterson pulled a gun first before Solomon pulled one and shot Peterson.
Monifa Peterson said her 16-year-old son was simply defending another person.
Meanwhile, Solomon's attorney said his client needs to be released from jail to finish high school.
"He's a senior in high school. He was going to graduate in May," attorney Theodore Zentner said. "He has three scholarships right now, two football scholarships and one academic scholarship. I think we need to get him out of jail as quickly as we can so we can get him into school."
Days after the shooting, Petersen's mother said her son was a good kid and was not part of a gang. Shortly after the shooting, police said that they suspected that the shooting might have been gang-related.
Monifa Petersen told News4Jax that her son "was a good student and had a bright future just like Solomon."
Solomon's next court appearance is March 2.