Charleston mother asks city for help in finding her son's killer after shooting

A Charleston mother is still searching for answers after her son was shot and killed late last month. She is asking the city for help in finding her son's killer.

“I didn't think I would have to bury my child. I wasn't ready,” said Dimitri's mother, Alvernita Coleman.

In the early morning hours of May 25, 29-year-old Dimitri Coleman was enjoying himself at a bar and restaurant in the 400 block of Railroad Avenue. His mother said someone came up from behind him, grabbed Dimitri by the neck and shot him four times before running away.

“I see it in my head all the time, him laying over there and I, I couldn't get to him. I couldn't get to him,” said Alvernita Coleman.

According to police, emergency responders attempted to resuscitate Coleman, but it was too late and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There were about 150 people there, but no one is talking. So someone knows exactly what happened and why,” said Alvernita Coleman.

The shooting is being treated as a homicide. Witnesses said the suspect was last seen running into a nearby alley.

Coleman said she spoke to her son two days before the murder. She said Dimitri Coleman sent her a picture with his son Romeo. It was the last picture she had of him. She said she was trying to remember the good times.

“He was a playful, funny, comical young man. His smile just blew you away,” said Alvernita Coleman.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. Details are still limited, but Charleston police describe the suspect as an older man wearing a black shirt and black pants. Coleman's funeral is Friday and the family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with expenses.