GREENVILLE, SC – After getting a call that her 18-year-old son was shot and killed insider her other son’s apartment off Woodruff Road, Kimberly Norman said tears overcame her.
“That was the most terrible feeling I have ever felt in my life,” said Norman at her home in Anderson Tuesday.
Udeh Joshua Prince Osuagwu Jr., better known by friends and family as Prince, was declared dead at the hospital after being shot in the head, but how it happened, his mother said, was just as disturbing.
“The guys that robbed them, tortured them with hot spoons and pistol whipped them.”
Norman said Prince was with his friend at the time and according to that friend, they were both tied up, tortured, and held at gunpoint by 3 men.
The motive, Norman believes, was robbery.
“The first thing that came to my mind was … money.”
The mother explained that her son had come across a large sum of cash and was using it as a prop in his music videos that he posted online.
“He did rap music, a lot of free-styling and I’m sure that some of the people had seen the money in the video and targeted him,” she told 7-News.
Norman also said that she was told 3 other people were hiding in the closet from the robbers as Prince’s brothers and their children slept in other rooms, unaware of what was happening.
“I feel like they could have called 911 while they were in the closet hiding, you know what I’m saying? And then 3 of my grandchildren were in the apartment asleep. These people could have murdered the whole house.”
Norman added that there were several girls at the Waterside Greene apartments that night, before the robbers came.
Prince was set to graduate from Southside High School in a few weeks, according to the Greenville County School district, and according to Norman he had been accepted to South Carolina State.
Greenville Police told 7-News Tuesday that they could not comment on the ongoing investigation, only that they were interviewing several witnesses.
“I just pray that God have mercy on their souls,” said Norman.