August 14, 2013 Memphis Tennessee (Action News Channel 5) David Santucci’s mother is still trying to make sense of the murder of her 27-year-old son.
“I cried and I fell to pieces, and my family is there, and they pick me up they make me better can help. I breathe in,” said Darlin Fugit.
Santucci had just started his job as a floor nurse at Methodist Hospital. His co-workers called all Monday talking about him.
“He was already touching people’s lives … That he was such a caring person, and that he carried that over not only in his professionalism but his personal life,” said Fugit.
The Houston High School ice hockey star was shot to death early Monday morning as he walked along South Main on the way to where he lived.
Police say Mario Patterson, Dondre Johnson and Jerrica Norflett admitted to the crime. Thirteen minutes after the shooting police arrested the trio at Foote Homes public housing just over a mile away from the scene of the crime. Investigators say Norfleet was driving the Gray Pontiac Grand Am, and Patterson and Johnson got out of the car and tried to rob Santucci.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says the police must step up efforts to get illegal guns out of the hands of young people.
“We have to never, never, never say we have done enough and get comfortable,” said Wharton.
Fugit says her son would have forgiven his attackers.
“I honestly believe that if he were to meet these kids that did what they did to him, he would want them to know that they knew Jesus Christ,” she said.
Johnson and Patterson are behind bars on murder-related charges with no bond. Jerrica Norflett was charged with accessory after the fact first degree murder and has a $750,000 bond.