'He didn't deserve that': Local mom searching for answers in son's death

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Nearly two weeks after their 24-year-old son was found shot to death at an apartment complex, a local family is on a mission to find justice.

Just days before Christmas, Yorrick Toms was found dead at the complex on Westcliff Road. Since the shooting, Toms' mother, Renee Michaels, says there are still no answers.

"He didn't deserve to die the way he did. He didn't deserve that," Michaels said.

Killeen police officers were initially called to the complex on Dec. 20 in reference to a burglary call. They have not confirmed Toms' name, but told News 10 that the case is still under investigation and they are "not prepared to release any further information at this time."

"I went over there. Wasn't like my son kicked in doors or these things, there was nothing there. There was nothing there. We know my son was set up," Michaels said.

She believes it was someone her son knew that pulled the trigger.

"I'm so tired of crying. I'm frustrated. It's frustrating when you don't know what happened to your son. I don't know," she said.

Toms had recently moved to Killeen from Virginia and started a new job. He leaves behind his 1-year-old daughter. On Christmas Day, Michaels, Toms' father and stepmother held a balloon release in his memory.

"He wakes up smiling and thinking today is a good day to not know that today is his last day. To not be able to hug him or say goodbye to him, you don't wake up thinking that," Michaels said through tears.

Now, her mission is to find out what happened to her son and help find the person responsible.

"Whoever did this, they need to know that we are not going to stop. We are not going to stop searching; we are not going to stop asking questions, we are going to continue to fight for our son," she added.

Toms will be laid to rest in Virginia.