PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - The father of a murder victim is doing everything he can to help police find his son's killer.
The victim had been dead for two days when his body was discovered in Prichard Thursday, April 18.
Joseph Berryhill Jr. was a Leflore High School senior. Instead of attending a graduation, the teen will be buried over the weekend.
When the 19-year-old was killed, his death went unnoticed for two days. Joseph Berryhill, Sr. explained why no one had reported his son missing.
"He wasn't considered as being missing," Berryhill said.
The father said his son had been living with his girlfriend, and no one realized he was missing until police contacted the family Friday.
"They identified him by his tattoos. His mother went down and identified him after they showed the tattoos. Then they showed the actual picture of him," he said.
The teenagers body was found in a ditch behind the Prichard Mini Mall Thursday. His father said he had been shot twice, once in the forearm and once in the right shoulder.
At first, the investigation was focused in the area off Wilson Avenue, but Berryhill said something lead him to Velma Street, which is one street over. That's where he found some of the answers he was looking for.
"I took it upon myself to go around from door to door around here, and ask questions. They was in that house and all of them had guns," he said.
That's what Berryhill said witnesses told him. He was shocked to learn investigators had not talked to the witnesses he found himself.
"The only way they knew he was over here is that after I spoke to the witness, I went and talked to them and brought them here myself yesterday. I brought the police here myself and asked them to speak to the witnesses myself," Berryhill said.
Berryhill said one investigator told him police determined the death happened Tuesday because of a 911 call they received that night.
"He said the caller said, 'I just killed someone,'" he said.
Berryhill believes his son was someplace he shouldn't have been, but he doesn't believe he deserved to die.
"I'm sure somebody know. It was two other guys with him," he said.
Berryhill is hoping police will find his son's killer before he's laid to rest Saturday, April 27.
The funeral will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Prichard at 11 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.
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