Mom speaks out after 21-year-old son shot, killed near Bronx park

Josh Einiger Image
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Mom speaks out after son shot, killed near Bronx park
Police are searching for answers after 21-year-old Jayden Goodridge was fatally shot in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx on Sunday. Josh Einiger talked the victim's mother.

MOTT HAVEN, Bronx (WABC) -- A grief-stricken mom is speaking out after her 21-year-old son was gunned down near a park in the Bronx Sunday.

He had a whole life ahead of him, but over the weekend 21-year-old Jayden Goodridge became the city's latest victim of gun violence.

His mother Jennifer Gay sat in shock.

"Jayden's like the light. Everyone can have a bad mood. Once Jayden gets there, the mood changes he puts a smile on everyone's face," Gay said. "He's just a happy, happy kid. Everyone who meets Jayden will tell you the same thing, he's just a great kid, he didn't deserve to die like that."

RELATED: Eyewitness News is tracking crime and safety across New York City and in your neighborhood

Police in the 40th Detective Squad are still trying to understand if Goodridge or one of his friends was targeted, or perhaps if they were the victim of mistaken identity.

Officers said the graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains had been walking with some friends at 149th and Jackson Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, when someone on an e-bike shot in their direction.

"Jayden would tell us to keep our head up so that's exactly what I'm attempting to do," Goodridge's cousin Madison Atkinson said.

Goodridge was hit in the abdomen. He died the next day.

"He comes from somewhere you know what I mean? He's just like anybody else, he really comes from somewhere and his life was taken -- ask me for what reason? I couldn't tell you," Atkinson said.

ALSO READ | Mother seeking answers when son found dead after night out in NYC

A mother is seeking answers after he son went out for a night in Hell's Kitchen and never made it home. Kemberly Richardson has the story.

"One of the friends he called 911 and he told me that Jayden was just worrying about him," Gay said. "He said 'are you ok are you ok,' and the friend told me he was saying 'you're the one who got hit, how you asking me if I'm ok?' And you know that's Jayden, he always worrying about everyone else, and he was worried about his friend when he's the one who got hit."

Goodridge had been walking with two friends, one of whom was grazed by a bullet, but not seriously hurt.

Police said they can find no reason why any of the three friends would have been targeted, and so, the investigation continues as Goodridge's family waits for answers.


* More Bronx news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.