SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As many are finalizing plans for their Thanksgiving meals, one mother is planning for one less at the dinner table.
J.J. Clavo, 17, was gunned down not far from his high school in Del Paso Heights nearly two weeks ago. Police have yet to come up with a motive or a suspect in the ensuing weeks.
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Clavo was set to play in a playoff football game on Nov. 13, but hours before kickoff, he and a teammate were shot in a car that was sprayed with bullets.
Nicole Clavo is asking for a gift this holiday season—answers surrounding her son’s death. The reward money aimed at providing those answers keeps growing.
“I’m still in denial that my baby is not going to walk through that door,” she said. “I definitely did not think that I would be burying my child, never in a million years did I imagine that.”
With many excited about Thanksgiving, Clavo is terrified about how she’ll react to eating without her baby.
“I don’t get to have those festive dinners with my son any more. I won’t get to share those festive holidays with my son anymore. That has been taken from me,” she said.
Already $30,000 has been gathered for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction, with Sacramento County leaders announcing their intentions to add another $5,000 to the pot.
“I would love justice to be served,” she said. “I’m hoping the reward money thus far will convince someone to come forward.”
As the tough holiday season begins, she has a message to her son’s killer.
“As they sit down with their families, I hope that they think and I cross their mind that I’m sitting here without my loved one,” she said.
Services for Clavo will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Calvary Christian Center at 2667 Del Paso Boulevard.