Our network

Mother speaks about pain since losing teen son in North Las Vegas shooting |

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Mother speaks about pain since losing teen son in North Las Vegas shooting

Another North Las Vegas family's in grief following the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. 8 News Now spoke with Sydney Harris about the pain she can barely put into words after her son's life was cut far too short.

"He didn't even get to live his life," Harris said about the late LaMadre Harris. "He was 16."

She and her entire family held a vigil Wednesday night to honor LaMadre's life.

"I'm devastated. I'm heartbroken," Harris said. "I'm lost for words. I don't believe this is true."

LaMadre died at University Medical Center Tuesday after investigators said someone shot him multiple times in a parking lot near W. Centennial Parkway and W. Goldfield Street.

"I feel like losing my child was the worst thing that will ever happen to me, and I will never be the same," Harris proclaimed.

North Las Vegas Police are still searching for a suspect and a motive in LaMadre's murder, but two other area shootings in the last two months were tied to gangs. People 8 News Now spoke with said this has the latest rash of violence has them on edge.

"It seems like it's just not safe for us right now," Ashante Sampson said. "And that's pretty scary. "

"I'm pretty much leaving because it's not safe in this area," Hau Tran added.

NLVPD issued the following statement Wednesday about their efforts to keep everyone safe:

"The issue of gangs has been a relevant concern in North Las Vegas. The North Las Vegas Police Department takes this issue seriously. These criminals affect our rights to be safe and secure in our homes, such was the case in the homicide of Angie Erives. There are multiple task forces across the valley that the NLVPD participates in that focus on combating this issue specifically. The NLVPD will never mention the titles or names of these gangs. Doing so only gives credibility and praise to their criminal actions. Unfortunately, these gang members disrupt our quality of life by conducting some of their criminal activities in our neighborhoods. This is a community issue and should not be tolerated. The NLVPD cannot combat this task alone. Citizens wanting to be involved and make a difference should contact the NLVPD on how to organize a neighborhood watch program in their community."

"You took someone's life; you took my son from me," Harris said. "You can't ever give him back to me."

The entire Harris family said they'll now fight for justice and act as LaMadre's voice to stop this senseless violence in the future.

"You can't replace a life," Harris added. "I don't even think jail is good enough. I'm so hurt I want these guys to know my pain."

If you'd like to help the Harris family with LaMadre's funeral expenses, a family friend has set up this GoFundMe page.

Anyone with any information should contact North Las Vegas Police at 702-633-9111 or call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to stay anonymous.