ATLANTA - Chloris Beck is angry and anguished over the murder of her 18-year-old son Jared Billings.
Police said the teenager was shot by another young man following an argument on New Year's Day. Billings later died at Grady Memorial Hospital, marking the first homicide in Atlanta in 2013.
"I'm burying my son, my only son. Teenagers, young adults getting killed. For what?" Beck said.
The mother, who lives in southwest Atlanta, said her son left her home days before Christmas. She learned he was shot and killed from a social worker at Grady.
Police said Billings was shot once in the chest following an argument at a house on Epworth Street.
"He was a good kid. He got hooked up with the wrong people. Misguided and lead by the wrong people," Beck said.
Beck told Channel 2's Tom Regan, her son was bi-polar and had a learning disability. He had ambitions of a career in maintenance and repair of HVAC systems.
"He said he wanted to be a heating and air condition tech. He was working on that. He was getting ready to back to school. He left behind three siblings and a hurting mother and father," Beck said.
The day of the shooting, Atlanta homicide detectives scoured the street for clues. They believe Jared may have known the gunman, but they're not sure of the nature of the dispute that led to the shooting.
His mother wants the killer to know that he's taken her son's life and tore a family apart.
"I want to get to the end of it. And I want the person who shot my son. My son needs justice," Beck said.
Atlanta police said they have not made an arrest in the case.