Mother of shooting victim reacts to arrest in case

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A Lexington mother speaks out about the teenager charged with killing her son, a boy she says she treated like one of her own.

It's been two months since 17-year-old Ali Shalash was shot and killed inside a home on Dorset Drive where his close friend lived.

"It doesn't seem real. It's like I'm trying to wake up from a dream", says Gwen Perkins, the mother of Ali Shalash.

Gwen Perkins says she's holding on to memories she still has of her son and for the last two months has been hoping for an arrest in the case.

"Everyday I was praying they they would come up with someone to arrest", says Gwen Perkins.

Police arrested the teen inside the home with Shalash, his close friend who claimed a bullet came into a window in the home hitting him.

"I hoped it wouldn't be who it was because he's been around me so long, but that's the hard part, cause it's a child I loved too like he was my own son", says Gwen Perkins.

Ali Shalash's mother says there is one thing she is now hoping. She wants the teen to be tried as an adult for the murder of her son.

"I'll be very happy if they try him as an adult. Twenty years is not enough time anyway, because my child's life it gone and he's still here", says Gwen Perkins.

A mother still hurting by the realization of what happened to her son, just hoping for some closure in her son's death.

"I don't guess I'll have closure until he's sentenced or until I find out out of his mouth what really happened to my son", says Gwen Perkins.

Along with murder, Lexington Police have also charged the juvenile with tampering with physical evidence and being a minor in possession of a handgun. They are not releasing his name since he is a juvenile.

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