12-Year-Old Killed in Fort Worth Drive-By Shooting

By Greg Janda
|  Monday, Jun 3, 2013  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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James Hardemon, a student at Dunbar Middle School, was shot in the face and killed while standing outside his house on Eastover Avenue early Sunday morning. He was chatting with his younger brother.

Randy McIIwain, NBC 5 News

James Hardemon, a student at Dunbar Middle School, was shot in the face and killed while standing outside his house on Eastover Avenue early Sunday morning. He was chatting with his younger brother.

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Fort Worth police are looking for clues in Sunday morning's deadly drive-by shooting that killed a 12-year-old boy and sent his 17-year-old cousin to the hospital.

James Hardemon, a student at Dunbar Middle School, was shot in the face and killed while standing outside his house on Eastover Avenue early Sunday morning. He was chatting with his younger brother.

Grief counselors are at the school today to help Hardemon's friends and classmates.

His mother was overcome with emotion talking about her devastating loss.

"That's my baby. I loved him. I loved him," Tamisha Winston said. "Everything about him. What will I miss most, is everything about him. He's supposed to right here with me and somebody's just going to take that away from him."

Dozens of bullets tore through the house on Eastover. Witnesses said it sounded like an automatic weapon.

"How you do that to a child? What type of person would do that to a child?" Winston said.

James Hardemon's grandmother ran outside moments after the shooting and tried to save her grandson. She said he was lying in a pool of blood.

"They shot my baby in the face. Oh my god. Oh my god," Coralin Winston said, sobbing. "What kind of animal could walk around this earth and be proud of himself because he killed a kid?

Hardemon's cousin, 17-year-old Demarion Taylor. was shot in the leg and rushed to the hospital. He is now recovering at home.

Family members and other witnesses are talking with police as they investigate this shooting. No one has been arrested, and police have not identified suspects.

Fort Worth police said the incident is suspected to be a gang-related drive-by shooting. There is no evidence or suspicion that Hardemon was the intended target or was involved with a gang.

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