Father of boy killed ‘try­ing to be strong’

Carter Cle­mons’ mother in hospi­tal af­ter Feb. 1 tragedy.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - Staff re­ports

MI­AMI TWP., MONT­GOMERY

The father of a COUNTY — boy who was killed by his mother’s boyfriend in a mur­der-sui­cide in Mi­ami Twp. is speak­ing out for the first time.

Carter Cle­mons, 6, was shot and killed by Jovonie McClen­don be­fore he turned the gun on him­self at their apart­ment Feb. 1.

Carter’s mom, Di’esha Pat­ter­son, also was shot by McClen­don and is still re­cov­er­ing in the hospi­tal.

Chris Cle­mons, Carter’s father, talked to News Cen­ter 7’s James Buechele about how he’s deal­ing with the loss of his son and how he learned about the tragedy in Mi­ami Twp.

“Try­ing to be strong so I can bury my son. It’s gonna be very hard,” he said Satur­day.

“I ain’t used to none of this, I ain’t been through noth­ing like this, so I’m just try­ing to be strong for my fam­ily.”

Chris, who re­cently had shirts made with pic­tures of his son, said Carter al­ways played with cars and di­nosaurs.

“See­ing him smile, see­ing him happy is ev­ery­thing. He was mostly happy all the time be­cause he had a lot of fam­ily and friends around him,” he said.

Carter’s aunt called Chris the day of the shoot­ing ask­ing if he was with him and not at the scene.

“She re­ally didn’t know. She was in a panic and she was hop­ing I took him to school, just hop­ing the best for him.”

Chris said he met McClen­don once be­fore at his son’s birth­day party, but never thought he would act vi­o­lently.

“I don’t know him per­son­ally, so I couldn’t put a fin­ger on that. I couldn’t even say noth­ing about him,” he said.

Chris said he’s talk­ing to Pat­ter­son’s fam­ily ev­ery day and that prayers are wel­comed for her re­cov­ery and his son’s fu­neral next week. He said he’ll bury his son with some of his fa­vorite di­nosaur toys.

Carter’s fu­neral is Tues­day at 11 a.m. at Greater St. John Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, 4200 Ger­man­town Pike.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Chris Cle­mons, who re­cently had shirts made with pic­tures of his son, said Carter al­ways played with cars and di­nosaurs.

Carter Cle­mons, 6, was shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend.

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