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'I'm mad as hell:' Mother of Gray murder victim reacts to arrests

Sherry Greene is a little relieved that two suspects in her son's death have been arrested, but says she'll never be the same. (WGXA/Danielle Apolinar)  

GRAY, Ga. (WGXA) - Sherry Greene, mother of Marquise Hardwick, said things haven't gotten easier since her son was shot and killed on Nov. 13 at his Gray apartment complex.

Earlier this week, Cameron Myles Banks, 19, and Justerrious Shyheim Canty, 19, were arrested in connection with Hardwick's death.

Another suspect, 20-year-old Jaqualan Clark, is still wanted by authorities.

Greene said she has mixed feelings about the arrests. She said she is happy that they are put away so they can't hurt anyone else, but she is also angry because their parents still get to go visit them. She will never have that opportunity with her son again and she said that's unfair.

“We know who did this, instead of the walking around not knowing, but at the same time I guess you could say I’m mad as hell," Greene said.

Greene added that if the men are found guilty, no sentence could ever carry the full amount of justice. She said she could never have closure because a piece of her family was taken away from her.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be right again because I don’t have my child," Greene said.

She said Hardwick knew the three suspects and at one point had been friends with two of them. If given the opportunity, she said she would like to ask them what her son could have done to make them think he deserved to die.

“It’s a hard pill to swallow and I’m not ready to swallow it yet," Green said.

Despite her pain and anger, Green said she is thankful that law enforcement worked quickly on the case and continues to make sure she and her family are doing alright. She also said the community has come together to help them in their time of need.

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for a tip leading directly to Clark's arrest. Deputy Greg Thomas with Macon Regional Crimestoppers said this is the highest amount of money offered for tips leading to a homicide suspect.

He encourages anyone with information to call them, the Jones County Sheriff's Office or the Gray Police Department.

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