‘He was a family man’: Mother of murdered teen asks for justice while community raises support

MADISON, Wis. – Family and friends of 17-year-old Jovan Freeny are mourning his absence while demanding answers in his death.

Police responded to the report of shots fired at the 10 block of Lathrop Street around 11:50 p.m. Saturday and say Freeny was the lone victim, dying at a nearby hospital.

He was a family man,” said Freeny’s mother Tehesha Williams. “We were family-oriented. He had friends he was really close to, and he was just that person you wanted to be around.”

Freeny, who most recently attended Madison Memorial High School, was set to finish schooling at Capitol City High School next fall. In December, he was set to become a father.

He kept you smiling, he kept you laughing,” Williams said. “Yes, he was a teenager, and everyone has their teenage days or whatever the case may be, but he was a good boy. Spiritual, mindful, helpful, everything.”

Friends and family have joined together to help cover funeral costs with a fundraising campaign. You can find the link to contribute here. 

Williams says more than anything, she wants the person responsible to be put to justice.

If anyone knows anything, sees anything, word of mouth, whatever, do what they can do to help find my son’s murderer,” she said. “I just want my son’s killer brought to justice. That’s it. I’m not going to have any closure until then. Everything else is irrelevant.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.