Family and friends remember Reggie Evans

CREATED Dec. 24, 2013

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MILWAUKEE--A mother is in mourning after her son was murdered for simply doing his job at a George Webb diner.

"I don't want to get emotional,” says Laverne Evans. She’s the mother of Reggie Evans. “He was a good kid. This Christmas is going to be sad without him.”

Friends and family of 21-year-old Reggie Evans gathered at the George Webb diner on the east side on Christmas Eve. They wanted to honor their son, gunned down on the job.

"I just broke down, because he was like a son to me - very close,” says his former basketball coach, Curtis Fisher. “We had the male bonding going on, because if you're a coach, you're more than just a coach."

Evans worked as a cook at the east side diner. He was helping a waitress remove some unruly customers last Friday. That’s when he was shot in the chest and died on scene.

The large group of family and friends could barely hold back tears as they remembered their innocent boy.

Reggie’s former basketball coach remembers how excited Reggie was about life. He was excited about this job, and proud of his new place.

"He got the keys to his place about two weeks ago when I took him home, because he came in the gym twirling some keys, saying, ‘Coach, look, look look!’" recalls Fisher.

The Evans family is no longer celebrating Christmas as they would have. Instead, they’re now planning a funeral.