Parents of slain Baytown student sit down with people impacted by his life


by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- No autopsy reports, no shooting investigations.

Tuesday's gathering in San Antonio between the parents of Cameron Redus and a group of women whose lives he had touched, was instead about positive reflection and anecdotes from the 23-year-old's life.

Cameron's mother Valerie read from a magazine Cameron created for a senior design class, in which he paid homage to his parents.

"He turned this in the night he was killed," said Valerie.

Valerie and her husband Mickey are still grieving the loss of the second oldest son.

Cameron was shot and killed December 6, following a traffic stop by a University of the Incarnate Word police officer a few blocks from UIW's campus.

The incident remains under investigation by Alamo Heights Police and the Texas Rangers.

Its major details are scorched into the minds of Cameron's classmates and friends.

Tuesday, we heard for the first time from people outside UIW and the Redus family who were also impacted by Cameron's presence.

"It was obvious he was raised properly and he was such a delight to be around," said Elaine Portie, who was introduced to Cameron by one of her relatives from Cameron's hometown of Baytown, Texas.

"He didn't mind engaging an old woman in conversation."

Jo Vandever met Cameron at the paint shop he worked at just six days before he was killed.

"I was so impressed with how much time he was taking with me," said Vandever, who added that Cameron helped her pick the right sheen for a home improvement project.

"Ever since this has happened I have thought of him, thought of y'all every day. I can't get him out of my mind. For some reason he touched me."

Several women from the Assistance League of San Antonio, where Cameron volunteered, spoke highly of the man who they said kept a smile on his face even after hours of folding linens in a back room.

Valerie said this was the image of Cameron she hopes people remember; not his blood alcohol level at the time of his death, or whether Carter will be exonerated for the shooting.

Cameron's parents said the school intends to give Cameron a degree during graduation ceremonies in May.

Cameron was scheduled to graduate with honors with a degree in convergent media.