PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A group that started shooting in Phoenix last week hit and killed a young man on his bicycle who wasn't involved in the violence last week.

It happened on March 4 around 10 p.m. in the area of 16th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Witnesses say 21-year-old Javier Herrera was riding his bike when he was shot. He wasn't involved in the fight with a group who was standing in a field. Herrera later died. The group took off before the police got there.

"I told him he would always be my little boy. I just kissed him so many times and I hugged him," says Sandi Hernandez, Javier's mother.

Hernandez traveled up from Nogales to see her son for the last time in a funeral home. She is begging for anyone with information to come forward. Hernandez also has a message for the shooter.

"You decided to shoot that gun that night, to my son," says Hernandez. "You had no right to do it. No right at all."

Hernandez says Javier leaves behind two younger siblings. She says he had a big heart and dreamed of having a family of his own someday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at (602) 262-6151 or call Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). (Click or tap phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)

Callers can remain anonymous.


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