Vigil held for man left outside emergency room

Vigil held for man left outside emergency room

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis mother held a vigil Friday night to remember her son who was left for dead outside a hospital.

Orlish Newson wants to know exactly who shot and killed her son Derrico Houston, who went by the name “Rico.”

"He was a sweet kid. Anybody that ran across Rico, they would tell you the same thing. They'd tell you he was a sweet respectful young man and his life was just taken in the sorry streets of Memphis and that's not right," said Newson.

Police said Houston was dropped off outside the emergency room door at St. Francis Hospital in East Memphis.

The driver of the vehicle was Mitchell Conrad.

"They've been friends since the fifth grade since fifth grade. These boys have been together since the fifth grad so why would you leave my son like he was a piece of trash," said Newson.

Police charged Conrad with attempted first degree murder and the employment of a firearm Thursday.

Investigators said it all started in the parking lot of a Dixie Queen on Winchester.

Mitchell told police Houston and other people were in a red Jeep.

Shots were then fired from the red Jeep at a black Jeep.

The shooting happened after an earlier incident involving the two jeeps.

Newson and her son's friends held a vigil near the Dixie Queen to remember Derrico Houston.

What she really wants is answers.

At this point, no one has been charged in the shooting death of Houston.

"If the guys in the car with Derrico shot him, they need to be charged. If the guys in the black car shot Derrico, they need to be charged."

Houston’s death is still under investigation.

If you know anything about who shot him, call Crimestoppers at 901-528-Cash.

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