AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Aurora are still searching for a gunman involved in a deadly shooting at a bar early Saturday morning. Now the victim’s mother has made a plea for help.
Christopher Bryant Jr., 22, was gunned down at Primo’s Bar near East Colfax Avenue and Hester Street. A second shooting victim, Demetrey Adams, is in stable condition and is recovering at University of Colorado Hospital.
Bryant Jr.’s family and friends have been left praying for answers and help.
“No mother should have to bury their child,” Bryant Jr.’s mother Dana Morris said. “He was a good kid and he loved his daughter, he never did anything wrong – never.”
His daughter Cynayah is 3 years old.
“She has to grow up without him now, it hurts,” Cynayah’s mother Delayah Anderson said.
“We (were) just there for a friend’s girlfriend’s birthday,” said Brian Wilson, a friend of Bryant Jr.
Wilson stepped outside Primo’s bar with Bryant Jr. and Adams. Approximately five minutes later there were gunshots.
“Gunshots start going off, everybody starts running. I jumped behind a car, I get up and two of my friends are on the floor and they’re bleeding,” Wilson said.
The bar’s owner was told by a witness the shots came from a blue suburban that sped off.
“A young man lost his life; for what?” Bryant Jr.’s grandmother Brenda Pierce said.
Bryant Jr.’s family is pleading for help identifying the shooter.
“Whoever did this, they can’t live with that. They have to come forth and they have to talk to somebody, because this is an atrocity,” Pierce said.
Wilson thinks he and his friends were targeted.
“That’s what we’re trying to find out, that’s what we’re trying to find out. We ain’t hanging with nobody, none of us don’t even gangbang or none of that,” Wilson said.
Targeted or random, none of that may matter for Anderson, who turned into a single parent by a sudden act of violence.
“I’ve tried and I tell her (that) her daddy is in the sky. She picked out the moon today that none of us could see but her and she says, ‘There’s my daddy.’ “
The family will hold a vigil at Primo’s Bar at 6 p.m. Monday. They’ve also set up a memorial fund at TCF Bank. Ask about the “Memorial of Christopher Bryant Jr.”