Slain Houma boy's family says kids were playing, not robbing

Cameron Tillman (Source: Facebook)
Cameron Tillman (Source: Facebook)

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - State Police are continuing their investigation into the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy by a Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputy.

People gathered all day Wednesday in front of the abandoned house on Kirkglen Loop where the shooting took place. A makeshift memorial was taking shape outside.

At about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office got a call from someone who reported that four or five young men had entered an abandoned house armed with guns. When deputies arrived, a confrontation ensued and 14-year-old Cameron Tillman was shot.

Deputies arrested two juveniles and an 18-year-old on the scene. They said a fifth person escaped.

State Police said a weapon was found near Tillman's body, but they would not confirm what type.

Tillman's family said he was a good person, and that the abandoned house was nothing more than a hang out.

"They were supposed to be in this house - an abandoned house," said the victim's uncle, Furnell Tillman. "They were in this house playing like they always do. It's a house known for where people play at. They had been run out a few times from out of the house."

"Cameron is a very smart young man," said the victim's grandmother, Beverly Shepard. "Let me tell you, Cameron just turned 14. He comes home. He gets a snack. He puts on Sponge Bob and Pink Panther. It's not a person that these people are portraying him to be."

"That police who killed my child, I looked him in the eye. I just want justice for Cam," said his mother, Wyteika Tillman.

The deputy's name has not been released but the Sheriff' Office said he is an African-American man who has been a member of the force for the past seven years. He is also a member of the SWAT team.

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