(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The mother of a homicide victim believes if her son was in jail he would still be alive today.
Instead, Cindy Beems says her 24-year-old son, Logan, was shot and killed late Thanksgiving night.
St. Joseph police have yet to officially release the name of the victim in the shooting.
Investigators say a 24-year-old was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds outside a home on South 18th Street near Hickory just before midnight Thursday.
Beems says police notified her of her son's death Friday morning, only after her husband had been at police headquarters for hours asking for information.
Beems describes her son as someone who had been in trouble in the past.
She says she wishes Logan would have been put back in jail for his recent problems instead of allowing to be out on the loose again.
"The justice system stinks," Beems said. "If this PO (Parole Officer) would have done his damn job, my child would have still been alive. I don't know how they take a kid that's been on the run for over a month and just turn him back out and believe he's going to turn himself in in a few hours, they knew he would do that. If they would have kept him, he'd still be here."
A 22-year-old was also shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police have not released any other details about the 22-year-old. Investigators do not believe the shooting was random, and a suspect has been identified and is not at large.
"It's extremely unfortunate. We wish we wouldn't have to investigate a homicide on any night in our community," said St. Joseph Police Department Captain Jeff Wilson. "It really doesn't matter what night it is."