SACRAMENTO — Army Sgt. Timothy Hovey didn’t die in combat.
In fact, he was due to deploy next month to the Middle East. But early Sunday morning he was found shot to death after he left a house party in a suburb of Seattle.
“I just hurt. I want him back,” Hovey’s mother Stephanie Williams said amid tears.
Hovey was raised in Sacramento by his mom and grandmother. He enlisted in the Army six years ago. He was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
“I personally know Timothy, the wonderful person that he was. Was willing to give his life up for his country. And then why would somebody do such horrible monstrous thing?” his grandmother, Bonita Hovey said.
While his family grieves his loss, investigators are searching for his killer, trying to figure out if the shooting was random or if Hovey was the intended target.
“He was a good boy. He was a good solider. I just want him to come home. I just want him back,” his mother said.
In the midst of his mother’s immeasurable grief, she says she forgives her son’s killer, but wants that person to know this:
“You took my world. He was my greatest creation in life. And he loved people. And he loved his family. And for whatever reason you felt the need to do that, in some ways it was cowardly. Because every day he was protecting him.”