Mother devastated after watching son, star football player die in tragic shooting

LAS VEGAS - The mother of the former Chaparral High School football player, Richard Nelson, is devastated after a gunman shot and killed her son on Saturday night.

Roxanne Bruce says Nelson was protecting his sister during a fight when the fatal shots rang out.

"I just held him, and I just prayed to God. Please no, Jesus. No God. Lord God help him put breath into his body. Don't let him leave," said Roxanne Bruce, Nelson’s mother.

Nelson was an all-star player on the Chaparral High School football team last year. He loved the game which pushed him to do better in life. 

Nelson mentioned his drive for success when 8 News Now interviewed him during one of his high school football practices.

"It motivates us to do better in class and go to college," said Nelson in 2015. 

Nelson’s efforts, both on and off the field, landed him a spot on Missouri State’s football team. His mother had no doubt he would make it to the professional level. 

"He was going to the NFL. There was no doubt about that. He definitely would have made it to the NFL," said Bruce. 

Nelson’s life ended tragically on Saturday night. Metro police say he tried to break up a fight outside his mother's house on the east side of Las Vegas.

The suspect left the scene of the shooting with his mother in a car. 

"After my child has been gunned down and you leave the scene of the crime? How dare you, how dare you," said Bruce.

Bruce prays police will catch the shooter soon and put him behind bars.

"My son died in my arms. He had his last breath in my arms and justice will be served," said Bruce.

Metro police have not released the name of the suspect at this time. Investigators tell 8 News Now they're working hard to track down the shooter and his mother.

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