Mother misses son who was murdered a year ago

Mother misses son who was murdered over a year ago; police still investigating

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"He was just silly all the time, a jokester," said Sturdivant. "He was just silly all the time, a jokester," said Sturdivant.
"It's a young man's life who is gone now. He shouldn't have to die like that or what happened to him he don't deserve that no matter what people do in life we all make mistakes," said Detective Clemons. "It's a young man's life who is gone now. He shouldn't have to die like that or what happened to him he don't deserve that no matter what people do in life we all make mistakes," said Detective Clemons.
His body was found in East Knoxville near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Andes Street. His body was found in East Knoxville near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Andes Street.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Almost a year ago a young man's body was found in East Knoxville. Investigators are still working the case, but are now asking the public for help.

Detectives say one good tip could be the break in the case needed to make an arrest.

Tamla Sturdivant shuffles through pictures sharing memories of her son. 

"He loved to smile. He said he had pretty teeth and he wanted to show them off," said Tamla Sturdivant. 

Smiling is something Tamla says her son did often. She now wears a special shirt to remember Jevon. 

"He was just silly all the time, a jokester," said Sturdivant. 

Now his laughter is gone. Jevon Sturdivant's life was cut short.

"Since he's died I can just be sitting somewhere. It can be a pretty day. I'm thinking about Jevon, and I just have uncontrollable tears rolling down my face," said Sturdivant.

Jevon was murdered last year. He died from multiple gunshot wounds. His body was found in an alley in East Knoxville near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Andes Street.

Knoxville Police Department Detective Lynn Clemons says Jevon's body was discovered around 4 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2012, but that Jevon was likely killed hours prior late in the night on Feb. 22.

"He took a bus down here from Chattanooga and came to a party he was invited to and basically was staying with a few people, a few girls that he knew," said Detective Clemons. 

Jevon had been in Knoxville for a couple weeks before being killed. He was from Chattanooga. Tamla says she didn't know who Jevon was visiting in Knoxville and had bad feelings when her son left. 

"I told him I said Jevon I had a dream and I had a dream that you didn't come back home so please come back home," said Sturdivant. 

Jevon decided to stay longer. Now, almost a year after, his death investigators are still looking for clues to find the murderer. Detective Clemons says he has no credible leads at this time, but believes someone knows who murdered Jevon.

"It's a young man's life who is gone now. He shouldn't have to die like that or what happened to him he don't deserve that no matter what people do in life we all make mistakes," said Detective Clemons.

Tamla says she'll never have complete closure because her son is gone but convicting the murderer will help her find some sense of peace.

"He always looked out for me and I miss him. I really, really miss him so much," said Sturdivant. 

If you have any information on the case call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7275.

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