RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 23-year-old Joshua Grey was shot and killed along Mechanicsville Turnpike on September 17th.
It’s every parents worst nightmare and one the Grey family never imagined would happen to them. But on that day they received the call they’ll never forget.
“It truly is the worst phone call a parent can receive,” said Josh’s mom, Diane Grey.
A state of disbelief and shock took over Michael and Diane Grey when they received that news from police, “That’s when he told us that Josh had been shot, and passed,” Josh’s father Michael Grey recounted to 8News.
Their fun-loving, always smiling son wouldn’t be coming home.
“Vibrant, lived every day, loved the water,” said Diane about her son. “You know he was a beautiful child inside and out.”
Josh had big dreams that were also cut short, “He wanted to model. He wanted his name and face to be out there.”
Now, his family is just left with photos and memories.
“That first few days was just numbness, shock, this is not possible, and you just expect them to call or come through the door,” Diane said. “It’s just, it’s unbelievable.”
It didn’t get any easier with the people responsible behind bars either, “Their lives have been ruined. I can’t imagine what their families are going through. They’ve lost family members just as much as Josh,” said Diane.
But they both want to see a change, “This is not just happening to us or to our family, it’s happening every single day.”
The Grey’s have created a memorial fund through New Kent High School in honor of Josh.