LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Birthday balloons floated over a memorial for Jonathan Watson Sunday night as family and friends gathered to celebrate. He would be 26, but he was shot outside his family’s house by Antonio Bradley in 2004.
“My son ran out of the house,” Earl Murphy, Watson’s father said. “I stood right there on the porch and watched my son get killed.”
Watson’s parents, who call him Jay, keep up his memorial almost nine years after his death. They spent a little more than seven years fighting to put their son’s killed behind bars after a confession from Bradley was thrown out by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
“It was rough cause it seemed like we couldn’t put him away,” said Murphy.
They deal with his death by celebrating him whenever they get a chance. It is their way of not letting Bradley take their son.
“Don’t let them go,” Carolyn Murphy, Watson’s mother said. “Hold them always forever close to your heart.”
Watson’s mother says these memorials keep her son alive in the community, and hope other families of victims will do the same with their lost loved ones.
“It’s easy to shoot somebody,” she said. “It’s easy to just do that. But the greatest thing you can do is just stop and about that family and that family will feel.”