"I'm just hurting really bad right now," Brenda said.
She was doing work on behalf of the Salvation Army Chaplain Service the Sunday before her son was killed. She said Donovan left after she made family dinner. He went to pick up a friend after midnight when someone starting shooting at him while he was driving down 29th Street.
"I just want to say to the people that did this to my son, he didn't deserve what you did to my son. He didn't deserve it because he was a kind spirit, he was a loving kid," Brenda said.
Friends and family said Donovan Hines was a mama's boy in the best possible way. He was always volunteering or showing up at Salvation Army events to watch out for his mom. He worried when she went out as a chaplain after a crime.
"He wanted to make sure his mother was good and everything was well with her," said Monica McDowell, a family friend.