Mother of Franklin teen killed in shooting opens up to 13 News

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Joseph Wayne Grace, the 16-year-old who was shot in the head in Franklin last week passed away on Tuesday.

The mother of the teen spoke to 13 News about her late son and pleaded for answers.

"I have four wonderful kids. Now I carry on with three," says Patricia Hill.

Only 16 years old, and a life cut too short.

"He was very quiet, but he was also very bright. He was caring. He was loving," says Hill.

Mother and stepfather sit in their home in Scottsville going through old pictures as they reflect on the life of their son.

"This tells you how friendly he was like he's holding the kitty at the farm that he's at, and he's kinda helping his peers with the animals, and letting them see the animals. He's trying to hold it while they're all trying to pet it. He's always been a helper," says Hill.

"He was goodhearted, he was friendly, he was kind," says his stepfather, Ronald Hill.

The young teen attended Franklin Simpson High School and his welding class was his favorite.

"You could just see that sparkle that like, 'I might not be perfect, but this is what I like.' He was passionate about it- he would talk about it like he's done it for years," says Hill.

With strawberry blonde hair so thick, they had to keep it buzzed in order to tame it.

"Boy, him and them freckles," says Hill staring at a toddler picture of Grace.

Grace was the second in line of four kids.

"I can't even say that I understand because I don't, 'cause he was my son...but that was their brother. They were raised with him," says Hill.

The kind-hearted boy left behind more than just an honorable legacy.

"He is a hero. He's gonna save other lives because we donated all of his organs- anything that we could," says Hill.

Hill tells 13 News Grace was at his father's house in Franklin on South Railroad Street. It appears he reached 303 Pepper Street some time around 2:00 a.m. where the tragedy occurred.

She also says there were four other people there when the shot went off.

"We need answers. I need answers. His siblings need answers. We need understanding. This boy was sweet," says a tearful Hill.

The information that police can confirm at this time is extremely limited as the case is currently on going. If anyone knows any information at all, please contact the Franklin Police Department.

"We have an investigator that's still working the case. We have submitted items to the state lab to be tested and it takes some time for those results to come back. Until that time, we're not ready to make any determinations on the cause of the shooting," says Lt. Adams with the Franklin Police Department.

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