Mother speaks out after 18-year-old daughter shot over drug money

Raleigh County

Police are still searching for the fourth man wanted in connection to a murder at a hotel in Beckley.

Police said Davide Hudson Jr. is still on the run. He’s one of four men accused of killing 18-year-old Amber Meadows at a hotel on Monday, July 9, 2018.

While police continue to search for Hudson, Amber’s mother is speaking out for the first time. Jeri Sue Meadows spoke exclusively to 59 News and said she’s still trying to wrap her mind around the reality her daughter is now gone.

“They took her life. Only at 18-years-old… 18-years-old,” Jeri Sue said. “I cant’ go home. She has her blankets there, her graduation dress and some of her clothes there… It’s like I am numb, it’s not real. I think I am going to wake up from a terrible dream.”

Police said her daughter, Amber, was killed at the Travelodge off of Harper Road in Beckley early Monday morning. Court documents state Amber and two women were approached by a group of men who took them to the hotel and held them hostage for several hours. Witnesses said Amber got in an argument with one of the men, who then shot her.

“I know she didn’t know what she was doing, she would have never gotten involved with people who are this dangerous,” Jeri Sue said.

Police said the men responsible are Jonthan Bird, Tyrique Pearl, Antonio Williams and Davide Hudson Junior.

A young life lost and several others forever changed because of an argument over what police say was about drug money.

“Over money or drugs? That’s ridiculous. To take someone’s life, especially a child that never got to live life,” Jeri Sue said.

Jeri Sue said she did not know the men involved in her daughter’s death, but did admit she knew her daughter was battling a drug addiction.

“I begged her not to do this. I begged her and begged her please, do go down this road Amber, please. Then I saw the signs and I just knew.”

That’s why, through the pain, Jeri Sue said she wanted to do the interview, to send a message to other young girls with hopes of saving their parents from this heartbreak.

“I just hope these girls will listen and please stay away from these drug dealers because they are just using them.”

Three arrest have been made so far in the case, but police are still looking for Davide Hudson Jr.  If you know where he is or see him, call 911 or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP (7867) immediately.  Tips can be anonymous and rewards are available for information which leads to an arrest.

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