Mother pleas for help in son’s shooting death

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Mother's plea for help

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A grieving mother is hopeful someone can help find her son’s killer. 

“I believe somebody somewhere is going to come forward and tell the truth,” says Phyllis Driver.

Driver’s son, Montrez Vonner, was shot on Hickory Street, just east of Neil street in Champaign. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

Police said it started with an argument and immediately after that someone fired several shots.

Driver let us into her home and pointed out pictures of her son around the room she coined the “Wall of Fame.” 

Throughout those many memories, she remembers the last time she told him she loved him. 

“I laughed and talked to him Saturday on the telephone and I always tell my kids ‘Mama love you.'” 

Driver says he didn’t usually come out for fun because he was working or with his family.

“He’s a family man. He loved his kids all he could for his kids,” says Driver. 

The father of four had just celebrated his youngest daughter’s birthday. His oldest daughter is set to graduate this year. 

“That was his hope to watch her come down the aisle,” states Driver. 

Not only will he not see her graduate, but he won’t have a chance to meet his son who is due in May.

While there’s been many tears for Driver, she’s now crying out for information from the public. 

“I just need them to please come forth and tell y’all something to free my spirit and give me closure to my son.” 

Some of that closure could come from information to help police. 

“I just don’t want anyone to feel or that information they have is not important. We would rather get all the information to be able to determine what could happen next to help than to have somebody sit back and just assume that what they have is not helpful,” says Champaign Police Lt. Nathan Rath.

That’s where witnesses come in. 

“We’re working this from a perspective of not being there and so we need the people who were there to help us,” says Rath. 

As police search for those answers, Driver has some final words for the person who pulled the trigger that night. 

“You know you did it. Just give yourself up. People shouldn’t have to turn you and have to tell where you at. You did the crime, be a man and do your time.”    

Lt. Rath says even if a person wasn’t standing right there when the shooting happened or if they have third party information about that night, it could truly make the difference. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. 

Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 – TIPS 
Text: CCTip + info to CRIMES (274637)

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