Mother Still Seeking Answers One Year After Son`s Murder

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STOCKTON -- One year after Stockton teen Juwan Small was murdered in broad daylight at a busy residential intersection, his mother is still pleading for answers in his unsolved homicide.

"He was a kid. He was 17. He had so much going for himself," Small's mother Jessica Sewell said.

Her son was a Cesar Chavez High School football player and member of the school's Renaissance Academic Achievement Program. He was shot to death at the corner of Swain Road and Lorraine Avenue at 4:30 p.m. on December 14, 2015.

It was just one day before his 18th birthday.

Although many neighbors have confirmed to Sewell that they saw 3-4 young males out at the corner with Small moments before the murder, no tips have come in the Stockton Police department that have produced enough evidence for an arrest.

"My baby lost his life alone, broad daylight, and I know the first thing he screamed was Mama. because…that’s just how close we were," Sewell said.

Several theories have circulated online about Small's shooting death. One is that the shooter targeted Small for a pair of shoes he was taking to a friends house. However, police confirm to FOX40 that those shoes were found inside Small's backpack on scene. Stockton police said detectives were still working on establishing a motive.

Sewell believes her son's killer was jealous of him and shot him during an altercation.

Several people have told Sewell the name of the person rumored to be involved in his shooting but Sewell told FOX40 that person was never arrested in connection to her son's death.

Sewell continues to turn information from the community over to police.

While FOX40 was interviewing Sewell at the corner of Swain and Lorraine, one driver passed by and told her that he heard her son's killer was from the Townhouse neighborhood.

"Really? Townhouse, okay," Jessica said.

Police told FOX40 Friday night that they had no new leads in the case.

Sewell says she will continue to speak about her son's murder until people in Stockton get tired of hearing her talk about him and call in with the information needed to crack the case.

She said the young men involved in her son's murder were seen running from the crime scene to a nearby home. She believes the suspects have friends very close by that have not turned them in.

"It's unbelievable that people in this community could hear all this and not speak up," Sewell said.

If you have any information about what led up to Juwan Small's shooting, or believe you saw anything at Swain and Lorraine in Stockton around 4:30 p.m. on December 14, 2015, you can turn that information over anonymously using the following methods:

Call Stockton Police at (209) 937-8377
Call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (209) 946-0600
The Crime Stoppers tip line is always anonymous and pays cash rewards of up to $10,000.

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to 'Crimes' (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click 'Submit A Tip.' Tipsters may also send tips on the Stockton PD Mobile Phone App. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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