BOWIE, Md. (WJLA) - It has been seven years since 16-year-old Courtney Manning Jr. was murdered as he drove his friends home from a birthday party at what was once the Neon teenage nightclub in Clinton.
“I am so thankful that while he was living I told him all the time that he was the best son a mother could ever have," says his mother, LaShonne Williams. "I am not the same person that I was before my son was murdered."
The pain of February 11, 2007 is as real now as it was then. Manning called his mother at around 8 p.m. that night.
"Before I got off the phone, I said 'I love you talk to you later,' and he said okay and that was it," she recalls.
Police said Manning was in his mother’s green Cadillac CTS at a stoplight on Woodyard Road when a dark-colored car with tinted windows pulled up. Someone inside suddenly opened fire, and then the car took off.
“The nurse talked to me -- she sat me down and said, 'I don't want you to leave and regret that you did not see your son," says Williams. "I am glad that I saw him, but I did not like the condition in which he was in."
Manning had been hit by two bullets, which both struck him in the head.
Seven years later, there are still no arrests in connection to the case. But as difficult as it is to relive that night, Manning’s mother is hoping for new information from witnesses who were just teenagers at the time, and who may now be able to help her in her hard-fought battle to heal:
“During that time they were about 14, 15, 16 years old; now that they are grown I am really hoping that people have a change [of heart], that they have decided that they want to speak up ."
Williams continues: "I think I have the right to know what happened...and who is responsible."
If you have any information, contact P.G. Crimesolvers: 866-411-TIPS