Mother of shooting victim reacts to suspected serial killer's arrest

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Anthia Wint's son Latorrie Beckford was killed last month in Glendale. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Anthia Wint's son Latorrie Beckford was killed last month in Glendale. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Cleophus Cooksey, 35, charged in multiple murders in the Phoenix area. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Cleophus Cooksey, 35, charged in multiple murders in the Phoenix area. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Photos of the 9 victims (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Photos of the 9 victims (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Phoenix PD created a timeline of victims they say are tied to Cleophus Cooksey (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Phoenix PD created a timeline of victims they say are tied to Cleophus Cooksey (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The mother of a man killed last month in Glendale shared her emotional reaction after learning Thursday that a man suspected of killing her son and eight other people is in jail.

Police believe 29-year-old Latorrie Beckford was the fourth of the nine people who died at the hands of Cleophus Cooksey Jr

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Beckford's mom, Anthia Wint, told AZ Family her son was an aspiring graphic clothing designer. 

In a Facetime interview, Wint described the moment police told her they had her son's suspected killer in custody.

"I’m thanking God that they caught him," Wint said.

[RAW VIDEO: News conference about serial killer investigation]

"No more family will be mourning another death, would be crying over another body, will be bury another person."

Beckford was found dead with two gunshot wounds on the sidewalk at a Glendale apartment complex on Dec. 13 near Camelback Road and 55th Avenue.

At the time, police didn't have a description of the suspect. 

[READ MORE: PD: Phoenix man shot, killed parents and then resisted arrest]

On Thursday, police revealed evidence led them to to Cooksey.  

"Through it all, I forgive. In order for me to heal, I have to forgive," she said. "I want him to have life imprisonment, but I don’t want capital punishment for him, because two wrongs don’t make a right."

Wint feels for the other victims' families. 

"I will keep them in my prayer circle," she said.

[CRIME MAP: 9 murders Phoenix police attribute to suspected serial killer Cleo Cooksey]

[TIMELINE: Police piece together crime spree of suspected serial killer]

Beckford's mom says his lease was up and had plans to move to Connecticut at the end of 2017. She's devastated he never got to do that and misses him greatly. 

"He was a very courageous guy."

Beckford's family has set up a GoFundMe page for his memorial.

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