EXCLUSIVE: Teenage shooting victim’s mother speaks out

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's an emotional New Year's Day for the family and friends of Larry Flaccamio. Walking distance from his home, the intersection of Mountain Park Circle and Bridge Road became a crime scene.  A passerby called 911 after finding the teenager found fatally shot underneath a yield sign.

"I saw my baby laying in that blood," said emotional Donna Howell, the boy's mother. "No mom should go through that. No mom."

Just one day after an investigator documented the crime scene, the intersection transformed into a memorial for the boy who was found with a gunshot to the back of his head just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Balloons and flowers mark the intersection and a wreath made by a neighbor hangs on the family's front door bearing the boy's name.

"He was just going to be walking with his two friends down the road and come right back," said Howell. "Then five or ten minutes later is when a lady came to my door and said he was laying in the road."

"I want to see them punished, but I don't want to see no other mother go through what I'm going through."

Though less than two blocks from her front door, Larry's mother says she's unsure if she can even drive past the intersection again - especially knowing that the 16-year-old was only two days away from moving away from the area.

Flaccamio returned from a 14-month stint in juvenile detention on December 23. He was to move in with an uncle in New Hope, but wanted to spend the holidays with his mother. The move was supposed to take place two days after he was killed.

"Tomorrow he would've been safe, but we were two days late," said Howell struggling with tears. "I blame myself for not taking him out there sooner."

Howell says her son had ADHD and chemical imbalances that caused schooling difficulties, but he was determined to focus on education.

"I said we need to pursue a GED or a trade school, but he said 'No, mom, I think I'll go back and get my diploma and make you proud of me,'" she said.

The mother's plea is for the crime in her neighborhood to come to an end.

"If you have any information, call the detectives. Don't take the law into your own hands. Stop that violence."

Larry Flaccamio's funeral arrangements are set for Friday, January 2. A viewing will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Berryhill Funeral Home with a service immediately after.

Huntsville Police Department officials are still investigating.  No arrests have been made in this case.

Find a memorial Facebook page for Larry Flaccamio here.