A family is planning a funeral for the 6-year-old boy killed in Friday’s murder-suicide in Miami Township.
According to police, 33-year-old Jovonie McClendon shot 27-year-old Di’Eshia Patterson, who was critically injured, and her 6-year-old son Carter Clemons before turning the gun on himself at the Preserve at Sagebrook Apartments
McClendon called 911 and said he shot his girlfriend and her son, according to officials.
Carter Clemons was a first grader in the Richard Allen Preparatory school system, according to school officials.
As Carter’s father mourns the loss of his son, he is praying for the boy’s mother to pull through.
“Not sleeping, barely eating, trying to eat,” he said. “It’s hard for me to eat ’cause I really don’t got an appetite.”
Carter’s dad describes his son as a polite and respectful boy who loved cars, dinosaurs and the color red.
“He was very smart,” he said. “If he wanted to know what something means, he asked, ‘Well what is that? Why?'”
Carter’s father, who asked 2 NEWS not to show his face on camera or release his name, attributes his son’s kindness to his mother Di’Eshia Patterson, who is known to many as Dee Dee.
“The love she had for him, for her, no one in the world can get between that,” the boy’s father said. “Nobody.”
Carter’s father said he had only met McClendon once and never thought he would do something like this.
“I’m not saying I wish death on [anybody], but if you feel that way, and you don’t want to get help, don’t put [anybody] else in that position to be in pain like that,” he said.
Carter’s dad said he believes the best way to remember his son is to follow Carter’s example.
“My son might’ve died, but everybody should take this as an eye-opener just to be respectful and just care for each other, love each other,” he said. “People [who] got problems need to say something. People [who] need help need to go get help.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
According to Carter’s father, his son’s school is working with his family to organize a balloon launch in the 6-year-old’s honor.