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Tearful parents tell jurors of Southwest High School student fatally shot by burglars

04/30/2012 10:02 AM

10/11/2012 8:08 AM

The parents of a Southwest High School student fatally shot by the burglars he disturbed in his home tearfully told jurors Monday of a son who loved his family, friends and church.

"Every single night he would come and tell me he loved me before he went to bed," Debbie Forrester testified about her son, Eric Forrester.

Jurors in state District Judge Robb Catalano's courtroom are weighing punishment for Broderick Deon Patterson, 18, who pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Eric Forrester on April 12, 2010.

The jury will decide punishment for Patterson, who could face up to life in prison.

The courtroom was packed with friends and family of Eric Forrester, who was a member of Southwest's swim team.

Eric Forrester and his sister went home for lunch and interrupted a burglary in progress. Patterson and co-defendant Clifton Elliott said the gun went off by accident but each said the other pulled the trigger.

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