Shooting leaves 4 children fatherless, family begs for answers


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 5:24 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It’s a mystery that’s gone unsolved too long for Jarvis Carson’s family.

All four of his children, including his namesake, Jarvis, Jr., who everyone says looks just like his dad, were at the scene of his murder on the one year anniversary.

Flashing lights and crime scene tape, replace by pinwheels and candles. It was at that spot on Oak Street where 26-year-old Carson was gunned down on April 30, 2013.

“I just didn’t believe it and to this day, it’s still hard to believe. Because I still want to get up and fuss at him for not calling,” Shawn Carson, his mother, said.

Carson’s girlfriend and the mother of his four children, Shayla Rochelle had just gotten off the phone with him that night.

“It was the hardest thing anybody can hear,” she explained, “He told me he was on his way home and he loved me and the kids and he’ll see us tomorrow because we spent the night at my grandmother’s house for her birthday.”

It was their daughter Justice’s sixth birthday, a day she now refuses to celebrate.

“After I hung up, his mother called me 15 minutes later and told me that he was in the middle of the street, dead,” Rochelle said.

Carson’s mother also had a difficult time dealing with the situation, especially with no arrest in the case.

 “It’s hard, It’s real hard,” added Carson’s mother, “We have no answers and no one has been brought to justice for this.”

Little Justice will celebrate her 7th birthday later, now is a time to grieve and remember her father with the rest of the family.

“He had a million dollar smile and he helped whoever he could,” Shawn Carson recalled.

They’re praying that someone comes forward and gives them the closure they so desperately need.

“We’ll do whatever it takes until something happens,” his mother promised. “He will not be forgotten.”

Witnesses reported hearing several gun shots the night of the murder and say they saw a car and a motorcycle leaving the scene shortly after shots were fired.

Police believe more than one person is responsible for the shooting. If you have any information, you’re asked to call police at 502-574-LMPD.