Pamela Hester-Jones woke up at 10:30 p.m. Monday to a Chicago police detective knocking on her apartment door.
"He asked me if I was Lazarus Jones' mother and when I said yes he said, 'Your son's been injured,'" Hester-Jones said
But it was worse. Lazarus, 13, an 8th grader at Budlong Elementary School, had been fatally beaten during a gang-related fight Monday night in the Albany Park neighborhood, police said.
"I don't know what happened to my son. It was a tragedy, a mistake. He wasn't in any gangs," his mother said.
Hester-Jones said she last spoke to her son at 1:30 p.m. Monday as she was heading out the door to visit her other son, Jasper, who is incarcerated at Cook County Jail.
Lazarus, of the 2500 block of West Foster Avenue, was "beaten with a blunt object" around 9:45 p.m. Monday outside a liquor store at 3132 W. Lawrence Ave., said Chicago Police Officer Hector Alfaro.
Lets see its 10:30 pm on a school night and you are asleep but your child isn't home. You last saw him at 1:30 pm prior to visiting your other son who is incarcerated. It turns out your 13 year old is beaten to death outside of a liquor store about a mile and a half from home and you refuse to believe he was in a gang.