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Parents Want Justice of Teens Found Dead in Ditch

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Police found the bodies of 16-year-old Jason Murphy and 17-year-old Albert Barber Junior were found in a ditch on Redmond Avenue on Sunday. The county coroner says an autopsy showed both were shot in the back with a single gun shot.  Now, parents of the two are wanting justice.

"Whoever did this heinous crime they need to come forward and turn themselves in because I know my son did not do any harm to you and all I can say is you need to run yourself in."

Police are still investigating the deaths of Jason and A. J. They say they have no suspects or motive at this time. A. J.'s mother, Belinda Barber, recalls the last conversation she had with her son. "He said momma "I love you" and I told him I loved him and I hugged him."

She says A. J. was always smiling and never disrespectful. "He was a very intelligent student and the teachers they loved him and they didn't have a problem with him. And the people in the neighborhood didn't have a problem with him."

Family members say A. J. and Jason were inseparable, childhood friends. Both attended Murrah High School and had plans to join Job Corp. Jason's step mom, Patricia Davis, did not want her face shown on camera but says her son was smart and bashful. "Jason was a child that was smart, he was intelligent. He was a child that was a little misunderstood," says Davis.

She says Jason acted like any normal teenager. "I guess he felt like he had to see what the outside world was like with most kids."

He would have celebrated his 17th birthday on September 9th. "All I know is that my son is in a better place."

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