Parents of Katy teen shot, killed while riding with friends want answers from police

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

HOUSTON—Parents of a Katy teenager who was fatally shot while riding in a car with his friends say there are still many unanswered questions about their son’s death. They want to know who killed 16-year-old Gregory Michael Reese Jr.

The parents say investigators are not telling them everything. In addition to wanting to know “why,” they want to know “who” shot their son.

Reese’s family says he was a good kid and a class clown who loved clothes, shoes and basketball, but hated trouble.

“He had a job and was going to school. He loved to have fun. He was my best friend. We miss him,” his grieving father said.

“Everybody knew him as fly-boy. He would beg you for a quarter or 50 cents for something to eat,” his mother remembered.

Reese was called “Tiger” by his parents. Tiger was riding in a car with his friends Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. when he was shot. He was in the front passenger seat and several other teens were in the back. Somehow, a gun discharged and he was hit in the chest.

He was driven to Texas Children’s Hospital in Katy, but could not be saved.

Authorities say it appears to be an accident. But they are not saying who had the gun. Why was it out? No one is even saying what kind of gun it was.

“We are getting different conflicting stories,” his dad said.

“It just makes us more angry. Really, no means for him to die,” said Trevion Sears, Reese’s friend.

“If he was just a person that was just out here, that would be one thing. I don’t want this to go down as just another black male who is dead,” his mom said.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the neighborhood elementary school where "Tiger" loved to play basketball.

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