Friends' families tormented by unsolved murders


by Brian Farrell, 13News

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 10 at 1:36 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- "I gave him mouth-to-mouth," recalls Diane Compton, "and it was no sense, but I tried. He just, his eyes were just open and fixed."

It was April 15, 2009. Compton was on the floor of her living room, trying desperately to breathe life into her son's body. 17-year-old Josh Compton died there. The stain of his blood can be found in the carpet.

"He was shot four times. He was shot in the chest, in the stomach, in the back, and, then in the head," Compton tells 13News. "Four times, somebody's gonna shot a 17-year-old kid in his own house."

Feet away from Josh, in the entryway of the Comptons' house on Rowland Avenue in Portlock, his best friend, Mason Jones died. The 16-year-old was spending the night in the home. It was supposed to be a "guys night," filled with pizza, video games, and the like. Chesapeake police say the teenagers answered the front door at about 12:15 a.m. Someone with a gun was there.

"The were just starting to experience the fun of growing up," says Jones' mom, Kim Sherbert. "Somebody decided, for whatever reason, to take it away from 'em. I don't think that's a person we need in this society."

"Two awful crimes, you know, nobody has the right to take anyone's life, you know. That's not how it goes," Jones' older brother, Kyle Sherbert says. "Complete and utter devastation doesn't scratch the surface."

The families aren't sure who the person was, and neither are Chesapeake detectives. The Comptons say someone was with the shooter who left bullet holes throughout the front of the home.

"He's just heartless. I don't know. I don't understand how people can be that way," Compton tells 13News. "Somebody knows something."

"To sit back," begins Kyle Sherbert, "and know who did it, and refuse to speak up is just, it's beyond me."

Kim Sherbert says, "To make sure that all of our children are safe, we need to make sure that whoever has done this is caught and punished."

Through their deaths, the teenagers were able to help others by donating organs. In their respective houses, Jones' and Josh's remains sit in urns. Pictures of them hang or sit. For their families, the murders seem to have happened yesterday, while, at the same time, seeming to have taken place years ago, both tormented by the "guys night" that left best friends dead.

"I have no desire to live the rest of my life here," says Compton. "I just want to find out who did this."

If you know anything about the murders, Chesapeake police ask you to call Crime Line. The number is 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. You can provide information without giving your name. You also may be eligible for a reward.