Deloris Gibson, mother of 2015 homicide victim Darcel Rivers, is making a public plea for anyone who may have information on her son’s murder to come forward.
“We just want to know who did this and why,” she said.
Rivers, 35, was visiting Jersey City from Rhode Island where he was in culinary school when he was shot and killed.
He was only a few steps from his mother’s house when the shooting occurred.
Gibson recalled the moment.
“It was June 2nd, 2015, and at the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken where I am the director, we had all dressed in orange in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day,” Gibson said. “Two days later, my son, Darcel Rivers, was shot to death.”
According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on June 4, 2015, just after 3:45 a.m., Jersey City police received a 911 call of an unresponsive male lying on the sidewalk in front of 117 Fulton Ave.
Officers, along with EMS, saw the victim, later identified as Rivers, bleeding from his head with an apparent gunshot wound.
He was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 4:15 a.m. The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.
Father, chef, clown
“Darcel was a big clown – that was my clown – the way he would make me laugh,” Gibson said. “He was a good person, and he loved to be around kids. He always wanted to be a chef, and that was one of his dreams he accomplished before he was taken from us. He did it, and I am always going to proud of him.”
She misses his phone calls.
“He used to be the first one of my kids to call me on my birthday and on Mother’s Day, he would always have to be the first to call at 4:30 a.m. He said, ‘I am the one that made you a mother, so I gotta be the first one to call you,’ and that was one of his traditions every year,” Gibson said.
She said that while she has taken the loss very hard, his four children, Zaire Rivers, 18, Zyla Rivers, 10, Zakie Rivers, 8, and Zaria Rivers, 7, have been deeply hurt by the loss of their father.
“I want to tell whoever did this, ‘You took a very beloved father away from his kids. He enjoyed life – he would never take a life. The person who did this, how does that sit on your conscious?’” Gibson said. “We just want to know who did this and why. Why? Anybody who has info we would be so grateful. His kids need closure, so please just think about them.”
She’s waiting for an answer.
“I am hoping someone out there who has information will have a heart and will do the right thing,” she said.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit continues to investigate the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/ homicide-tip/
All information will be kept confidential.