Atlanta mother pleads for answers in 2015 Savannah State slaying

Atlanta mother pleads for answers in 2015 Savannah State slaying
Chris Starks with his mother (Source: Family)
Chris Starks with his mother (Source: Family)
Sharron at her son's grave (Source: Family)
Sharron at her son's grave (Source: Family)
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The mother of a Savannah State University student murdered more than a year and a half ago is demanding justice for her son.

GBI agents admit they really have no evidence in the case.

The shooting happened in a busy part of campus with a large crowd of people around. As it stands, no one has come forward with anything that links a killer to Chris Starks.

Sharron Starks doesn't have to look hard for words to describe her oldest son.

"Whatever he set his mind to, he did it."

Chris Starks's life ended at Savannah State, though. It ended on the very campus he thought would lead to a better life. Sharron remembers that night vividly. She remembers the call. She remembers fainting instantly.

"For me, it was like part of me, when he died, part of me died," said Starks.

At first, the murder case seemed solvable. It was on a busy campus with lots of witnesses, and maybe even campus security cameras. None of those led to any arrests.

"We suspect someone did see something and they are able to identify this person. A lot of times people don't come forward due to fear," said GBI Special Agent Bill Bodrey.

"I need answers. I need justice for my son. And I demand, I demand justice for my son's life," said Starks.

Starks will stop at nothing for that justice.

"Getting justice for Chris is, I have to do it. It has to be done. I'm not going to give up because I can't. I owe that to him," said Starks.

The waiting has taken its toll. She misses the texts, the cards, the calls. She misses everything that ended on that August night in 2015.

"I won't be able to see him graduate from college, buy a house, get married, have children, or just receive a text message saying good morning beautiful," said Starks.

She's left with memories of Chris. Recently, while digging through old cards, she found the card he gave her on his last Mother's Day. At the end, it said, "P.S. I got you."

"And that just did something to me. It really did something to me. I know he's not here anymore, but I know he got me. And I got him," said Starks.

GBI agents have said a fight led to that fatal shooting. We still don't know what the fight was about. Sharron knows there are students who know her son's killer. She hopes her plea convinces them to come forward.

An attorney has filed a lawsuit against the real estate firm that owns and operates the buildings on SSU's campus. They're currently in the early stages of gathering evidence in that case.

"We want to hold them responsible, to make sure that they put security and safety in place to make sure this doesn't happen to another kid, another family," said family attorney Shean Williams, a partner with the Cochran Firm in Atlanta.

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