The mum of a 14-year-old boy shot dead has been taunted by a gang claiming to have murdered him.
Corey Junior Davis, known as CJ, was killed in a turf war as he stood outside a playground.
Mum Keisha McLeod spoke about the sick taunts after a bank holiday weekend of bloody mayhem on our streets in which three people died in gun and knife attacks and two teenagers were injured in a street shooting.
The 38-year-old said she saw an online rap song about CJ’s murder after he was shot in the head last September at Newham, East London.
His killers are still on the loose.
Keisha, who had to take the agonising decision to turn of her son’s life support, added: “There are people claiming this.
“There’s a rap song saying, ‘I don’t care your son’s dead, I laughed when I saw you bury him.’
“These are the lyrics of the song. I’ve actually had to hear this. They just don’t care.
“I’m speaking out against them and even when my son’s killers are caught this will not stop for me.”
CJ was murdered as part of a feud between rival gangs in his area.
Several videos mocking his death appeared online. Masked men were seen making gun gestures and boasting of shooting enemies.
YouTube has removed some of the footage.
Keisha told of her struggle to keep CJ away from the clutches of gangs – but said children who end up in them are being failed by society.
She added: “I’m looking at the mentality behind these people and it hurts because these are black boys. What’s going through your head? Why you have this disregard for a child’s life?
“It comes from self-hate, it all starts with that because humanity is what we all have and for you to look at a child and say, ‘I don’t care.’
“We are being incompetent and not doing anything as a nation.
“We need to be looking at this because this is a big epidemic and we need to bring back the community feeling and belief that one person can do something.
“If you see children fighting you won’t walk past. When I was young if I did something wrong my mum would know before I got home. That mentality is not there. We are not supposed to fail children”
Keisha, who has won a place at Goldsmiths college in South East London to do a degree in Health and Social Care, revealed she feared CJ had been groomed by gangs in his area at the age of 13.
She told how he once called her to say he had been picked up at school and forced to sell drugs.
Keisha found him with £400 worth of crack and heroin.
She said: “I looked at my son and said, ‘If there’s ever a time you need to trust mummy it’s right now. I’m going to take this from you and I want you to ride your bike home.’
He said, ‘No mum, you don’t know these boys.’ His hands were shaking. I said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got you, I’m your mum, just ride your bike home and I’m going to work it out.’”
When a gang member called CJ’s phone Keisha answered and made it appear as if he had been arrested.
She contacted social services and police and told his school he wasn’t coming back.
She said: “I felt helpless, you’ve got to understand this is my child. I felt like a tug of war and he still wanted to side with me. He was scared.
“Even now, in hindsight I’m so proud of the relationship I had with my son because he told me so much.”
While Keisha was waiting for social services to move her and CJ away from Newham, the pair went to live with her brother in South London.
But he ran away to stay with her dad Neville McLeod back in the East End.
In April last year CJ was sentenced to a community order for carrying a knife.
Keisha also said he had been labelled by teachers because he had attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
She was finally was offered a new home in Barkingside, but it was withdrawn a week later.
She said: “I was furious. My son was in a vulnerable situation.”
Three months later, keen dancer CJ was murdered by a killer in a stolen car.
She wept as she told how she saw her son lying unconscious in the Royal London Hospital.
She said: “There was my baby on the table. I kissed him on his cheek and on his lips and whispered in his ear, ‘Mummy’s here.’ I’m here now. I’ll be here when you wake up.”
But surgeons said CJ suffered irreversible brain damage and would not survive.
The next day, Keisha turned his life support off. She said: “This was a really horrible place to be.
“We all had to say our goodbyes and took a few hours. It was a very loving moment. I turned it off and he spasmed and his hand went up.
“It was like he was saying goodbye to us.
“My head was on his chest and his heartbeat was still going.
“I was crying and then his heart stopped and that’s when my tears stopped and I looked up and said, ‘Where have you gone?’”
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