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ONLY on WVLT: East Knoxville Mother Wants Justice for Murdered Son

Knoxville (WVLT) - One day after a shooting in East Knoxville, police are looking for a killer and the victim's family is dealing with a terrible loss.

Around 10:30 last night, police found 28 year old Charles Earles dead on the living room floor of his home on Cavelier Road.

Police still haven't named a suspect.
Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt sat down with the victim's family.

Earles' mother, Jessie Diane Ellis, lost more than a son.
When Charles Earles died, she lost her next-door neighbor and the young man who she called her best friend.

Police respond to a shooting in East Knoxville. But they are not he first to see the body of shooting victim Charles Earles. His mother and next-door neighbor, Jessie Diane Ellis, has already seen what no mother should ever have to.

I seen my child laying on the floor and cold as Ice, and he did not deserve that." Ellis cries.

Ellis says her son Charles didn't have any enemies that she knew of. He worked hard at a fast food restaurant, and loved his nieces and nephews like they were his own kids. After losing so much, pain and anger are understandable.

Ellis says, "If I didn't have Jesus in my life, I'd probably be out there trying to hunt somebody down."

But she says she will leave the hunting to the police. She believes they'll find the killer, with some direction from a higher power.

"Whatever happened, nobody deserved to die. He did not deserve to die, and I know God knows that, and God's going to see justice for it."

There have been other crimes in this East Knoxville community. Over the years, some of them have been deadly. But Ellis doesn't want anyone to think of her son as just a statistic.

"I lost a dear person that loved me always, he was there for me, always jolly and treat everybody nice......and that's my baby."

Police want your help. If you know anything about this shooting, call the KPD crime hotline at 215-7212.

The family hopes and prays someone will come forward.
For now they say they'll lean on each other and their faith.


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