Ron Bridges lost his son on Sunday. 17-year-old son Alex Bridges was shot and killed early Sunday morning at his friend Kayla Lewis's home.
"Two sheriffs showed up at my house and asked if they could sit and talk with me. I thought he'd been in trouble, but they told me he's been shot," Ron Bridges said.
At first, Ron assumed his son had died in a car accident. He said his son had a tendency to speed when he was driving, so when he found out what really happened, he was totally devastated.
Ron describes his son as a person who loved to have fun and said "he loved to be around his friends."
Ron said he was always there for his friends and would do anything for them. He also had a soft spot for babies.
"Every time he found a new girlfriend, he found one with a baby," Ron said.
Ron Bridges described Kayla and Alex as close friends who had a prior romantic relationship. The elder Bridges felt like Alex wanted to date her again.
"Kayla was one of the sweetest girls I've ever known," Ron said.
Ron believed Alex wanted to protect Kayla, who feared for her life.
"She's been beaten up. Marc Reyes had taken the baby from the house. While she was trying to call 911, Marc broke her phone, took the baby and left," Ron said. "At first she had come to my house and wanted to stay, but Alex and his friends went out there on the weekends and would stay with her."
Ron said they would go to watch over her, in case Reyes came and tried to do something.
He said Alex had known her for a long time and the relationship between them was strong.
"The thing with Alex is, if you're his friend he's gonna take care of you," Ron said. "He was loyal to his friends and I know he was there for Kayla."
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