OLNEY, Md. (WUSA) -- A mother talked to 9News reporter Surae Chinn about losing her youngest son over his $400 jacket.
Lunette Griffin-Basnight is in a state of shock and struggling to understand her son is gone. Eighteen-year-old Olijawon Griffin, whom many knew as Owon, was stabbed to death at the Woodley Park Metro station early Saturday morning.
"He's gone and there's nothing I can do, I'll never see him again, I'll never see him again," saidGriffin-Basnight.
Owon's mother had said a cheerful goodbye to her youngest son on Friday night.The next time she would see him, it would be at the morgue touching his lifeless body.
"I held him, his body went limp. It was cold. I looked at him, I stared at him. It was like the day I gave birth to him. I'm going to miss him more than you'll ever know," sharedGriffin-Basnight.
Police say a group of teens surrounded Owon, robbed, attacked and stabbed him in the chest at the Woodley Park Metro station around 1:30 Saturday morning near the ticket Kiosks. Owon's mother says there were two robberies. According to Griffin Basnight,Owon was with his cousin and a friend who were first robbed in Adams Morgan in the 1800 block of Columbia Road, NW. On their way home they walked to the Woodley Park Metro where Owon spotted the robbers. Griffin-Basnightsays they were attacked again inside the Metro station. This time, one of the robbers stabbed Owon.
"I can't believe what they did to him. They took another person's life," saidGriffin-Basnight.
A mother is now feeling an indescribable pain. A loss over a petty jacket.
"You got the jacket but that wasn't good enough," she said talking about the robbers.
Griffin-Basnight says Owon paid for the jacket on his own, working two jobs including at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
She was proud of her Sherwood High School grad, a football standout who dreamed of becoming a forensic scientist. The very same skill needed to bring those responsible for killing him to justice.
Griffin-Basnight said, "The guys that did it. I want them to think about it. I don't hate anyone. I don't wish them bad luck but you took one of the most important things in my life and I won't see him again."
Griffin-Basnight says her strong faith is helping her through this tough time.
Nine people have been arrested and charged in connection with the attack including a 17-year-old charged with second degree murder. All nine have been charged with aggravated assault and robbery force and violence. They are expected to appear in court Monday.
Owon's friends will be holding a candlelight vigil on Monday night.