An arrest made in Antioch for homicide, the mother remembers the victim as her “little boy”

Antioch police announce a homicide arrest two months after the shooting and investigators are asking for help in locating a second suspect.

The victim’s mother spoke publicly for the first time to KTVU on Thursday.

Demetrise White has said she wants justice for her son John-Ta White.

“He loved to laugh, to joke,” White said.

She spoke with KTVU while working out of state. She described the 25-year-old as a hard worker.

He was about to start a full-time job at Tesla and a part-time job at Bed, Bath and Beyond when he was shot. He was the youngest of White’s three children.

“He was my little boy. We were very close. It’s very difficult,” White said.

On the morning of November 10, police said John-Ta and a friend were at a gas station on Lone Tree Way and were about to leave when another vehicle pulled up. Two men got out and started shooting John-Ta and his friend who managed to drive to the hospital.

“I would certainly describe the incident as very brazen and clearly a danger to the community,” said Antioch Police Officer Darryl Saffold.

John-Ta was shot in the head and died the next day. The friend survived.

Police said the two men were targeted but the attack was not provoked. The two victims were not armed.

“It’s really tragic, insane,” Officer Saffold said.

Police arrested 24-year-old Raymond Jenkins last month.

He is being held without bail in Martinez.

Investigators are still looking for the second suspect:

Robert Matthews, 23.

Investigators say the two men are gang members, but no reason has been given for the fatal shooting. Police ask the public for help

“If they see Robert Matthews, don’t approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous,” Saffold said.

Mom said Jenkins bullied her son when they were in middle and high school. She said she didn’t know why, as an adult, Jenkins or the other suspect would shoot her son.

She shared videos of John-Ta dancing and singing on her birthday last January.

“This year it’s very sad. I’m very depressed right now because he’s not here,” White said, “I think they should go to jail for a long time.”

She wears a necklace with her which contains the ashes of John-Ta.

The two suspects face charges of murder and attempted murder with gang building.

Investigators are asking anyone who sees suspect Matthews or has information to contact Antioch Police.


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