Mother of son killed at funeral home reacts to suspect’s release

Mother of son killed at funeral home reacts to suspect’s release

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The suspect in a fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in February 2018 is out on bond, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Deion Pinckney, who was 15 years old at the time, was released on bond earlier this month and is now on an ankle monitor. This is more than two years after he was arrested for the murder of 12-year-old John Cooksey, Jr.

Cooksey was attending a funeral at Bonaventure Funeral Home on Febuary 3rd, when he was shot. He died at the hospital a few days later.

The Cooksey family said they are devastated to learn that Pinckney is out on bond. They say it’s a reminder that justice has yet to be served.

“We’re just waiting for a trial date," said mother Alisha Cooksey. "We’re ready to go, and we’re just waiting on the date. I’m ready for this chapter to be closed.”

John’s mother, Alisha, said the past few years have not gotten any easier. Every day, she misses her son but said family, friends, and faith are helping her get through each day.

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