For months, Anna Henry says she’s struggled to search out the best technique to say “I’m sorry.”
“I simply wish to let the Barbosa household know that we apologize for this tragedy,” Henry stated.
It’s the primary time she’s spoken out publicly since her son, 15-year-old Henry Lewis III, was charged with homicide.
A teen was charged as an grownup within the killing of an actual property agent. NBC 6’s Kim Wynne studies
“My household and I pray for forgiveness every day for the loss that the household has suffered,” she stated.
Her son is charged with first-degree homicide with a firearm for allegedly robbing and killing 37-year-old Stefano Barbosa, an actual property agent.
Investigators say on Feb. 1, the teenager approached Barbosa on NW fifteenth Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, carrying a ski masks and darkish clothes.
The teenager then compelled Barbosa into his automobile, made him drive to an ATM at gunpoint, and take out $1,000, based on courtroom paperwork.
The paperwork state the teenager shot the sufferer within the chest whereas within the automobile.
Henry says she was misplaced for phrases when she discovered what her son had been charged with.
“My coronary heart was damaged,” Henry stated. “I didn’t perceive what occurred. I didn’t perceive what was occurring in any respect. It was simply heartbreaking.”
“What they defined to me, it simply actually wasn’t, I wasn’t in a position to obtain it,” she stated.
The mom wouldn’t touch upon her son’s costs or the case straight, as an alternative solely providing her condolences.
The teenager has pleaded not responsible to the fees.
Henry says her son has struggled with psychological well being. These points got here up throughout a listening to Thursday to see if Lewis is match to face trial.
Because the sufferer’s household seeks justice, Henry is hoping they’ll settle for her apology.
“I’ll be praying for them, you already know, and that they’ll perpetually be in my prayers,” she stated.
NBC 6 reached out to the Barbosa household for a response to the mom’s apology. The household has chosen to not remark.
We additionally reached out to the state lawyer’s workplace for a response. Additionally they didn’t situation a press release.