CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dedrick McKenzie walked into a Mecklenburg County courtroom looking every bit as young as his 17 years.
He accepted a plea deal for the murder of 17-year-old Kydaryune Curry, who was killed last September.
"For me, to sit in there and actually listen to the details as to how he played God on that day, something went through me," said Benita Turner, the victim’s mother.
As it turns out, that something was forgiveness. Her son was shot four times in front of her home, all because of a misunderstanding over the volume of his music.
"Somebody dissing you, looking at that as disrespectful, and then your action is to commit murder. Really? Are you kidding me? That could have been handled a completely different way," said Turner.
Turner says she forgave McKenzie because it was the right thing to do, and she let him know it when she addressed the court.
"They need to hear you say, ‘I forgive you.’ Not read it in the paper. Not someone else tell them. They need to hear it from me, so that’s why I addressed him."
McKenzie didn’t say anything back, never apologized and pleaded to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to serve between 13 and 16.8 years in prison.
"I have no other choice but to accept the outcome. No amount of days is going to bring my son back".
Turner says she is grateful that she doesn’t have to go through a trial. Police say that McKenzie, 16-year-old Bruck Fekadu, 17-year-old Sheldon Gregory, 19-year-old Jeremy Pate and 18-year-old Samuel Walker Jr. confronted and fought Curry.
Prosecutors say that McKenzie was the triggerman. All of the suspects except Gregory have already plead.
Turner says she doesn’t understand the mentality that led to her son’s death.
"When we allow the streets to teach our kids, the streets are going to teach them the way they want to teach them, and a lot of times that's not the right way. But when we have a hand in what we teach our kids, that makes a difference," she said.