Murdered son not a gang member, family says - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Murdered son not a gang member, family says

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police made a break in the murder case of a Hamilton High School student Friday they hope will lead them to his killer.

Meanwhile, family members described 17-year-old Rozelle Green Jr. dreamed of being a High School Graduate.  That day - only two months away - is now gone.

"Kept telling me, 'Dad I'm going to graduate,'" Green's father, Rozelle Green, Sr., said Friday.

Green's sister, Markisha Wilson, says life will never be the same without her big brother.
 
"He made me laugh when I was mad," she said. "We used to be together all the time."

Green was shot to death outside his girlfriend's house Wednesday night.

"I ran to where he was at and when I got there he was laying out in the grass, and they said he had no pulse," his father said.

Hours before his murder, Green got into a fight at Hamilton High school.  A police affidavit describes the fight as a large gang fight involving Crips and Bloods, with 150 students in the hallway.

Green's parents say their son never joined a gang.

"Just trying to label him as a gang member," his father said. "My son was a good student."

Green's family says they don't know what started the fight at Hamilton High School.

"He was walking his girlfriend to a classroom and a couple of guys jumped him," his mother, Cynthia Wilson, said.

Wilson added Rozelle recently received a reward from school for "Most Improved," saying the school's new principal made an impact on him.

"He really did help my son out," she said.

Green's family says Rozelle recently showed an interest in working in law enforcement.  Now, instead of conducting an investigation, he's at the center of one.

Police still need to hear from anyone with information the shooting.  You can remain anonymous when you call crime stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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