A call to 911 from a dying Richmond, VA 15-year old may have helped save the life of his mom after she was shot five times by her ex-husband.
Keisha Valentine of Richmond moved to North Carolina to escape an abusive husband. Now, her son is dead.
After her father passed and her marriage broke up, son Earl Valentine III became the man of the house. A video was recorded by Earl the day they recently saw Debonet, his older sister, off to college.
In the early morning hours of September 7th, Keisha’s ex-husband, Earl Valentine, Jr. traveled to his ex-wife’s home with the intent to kill her but, instead, killed their son.
After leaving the shooting, Earl Valentine, Jr. confessed to the crime in a frightening Facebook Live video, saying, “I love my wife, but she deserved what she had coming.”
Valentine remembers what happened that night vividly. “[I] walked into my kitchen area, gun to my chest and it just exploded. I felt a burn but not a pain, I didn’t really hear it — I just felt something and it kinda like winded me. I start running. As I ran, the gun went ‘boom, boom, boom, boom, boom’ I collapsed in my room, I shut the door behind me and I fell and hit the ground. I said, ‘I’m gonna die on this floor.'”
She says she felt a dribbling come from her chest – blood pouring out of her – but her only thought was “Where’s Earl at? I start to question, where is Earl? And that is when I began calling my son’s name, ‘Earl?’ What’s the following thing I heard? I heard a small voice.” Her son Earl was on the phone with 911.
“I heard that little boy’s voice, ‘Me and my momma been shot, my daddy did it.’ My heart just wrenched. He knew his daddy did this to us?!”
When police arrived, they found the home soaked in blood.
“I had my back against the door and I put my hands out and said, ‘I’m in here, I’m in here, but check on my son I think he’s been shot,” Keisha recounts.
When the officer checked on young Earl, the 15-year-old sent the officer back to his mother and Keisha heard her son say, “Don’t worry about me, save my momma, don’t worry about me.” Earl died that morning in the family’s home.
U.S. Marshals tracked Mr. Valentine to a motel in Columbia, South Carolina the following day, where he had succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Three months later, Keisha is wheelchair-bound but alive because of her son’s sacrifice.
“I ask myself, every day when I get up, ‘How are you doing this, Keisha? What’s giving you the strength to do this?’ My response: I do this for my son, Earl. My life was saved by Earl. So I need to keep driving myself on otherwise my son would’ve saved my life for nothing.”
H/T: NBC News
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