December 10, 2013
Dax Dixon would have celebrated his 13th birthday on December 18th.
His life was cut tragically short in October when he shot while playing with a friend in the woods in Madison County.
For the first time since his death, his mother spoke to us about Dax, and how she felt when she heard the other boy would be charged in his death.
Tiffany Bean Dixon says she has good days and bad days.
One of the hardest things she has to deal with is not knowing what happened that day when her son Dax died.
"I just want to know what happened. I know that he shot him, but I just what to know what led up to it. What were they doing? How did the gun wind up going off on my son? I just want the truth. I think if I find out the truth I will be a whole lot better."
She says when a prosecutor called her to say that the other boy would be charged with involuntary manslaughter in his death, it brought all the emotions back up to the surface.
"It's bad enough that the last image I have is of him in a casket. That's bad enough. The last thing he said to me, I'll never forget it, was I love you mama."
She says nothing could have prepared her for what she has gone through.
But she doesn't think charging her son's best friend with his death will help.
"If I can give my son a voice, I will. I will be the voice for my son he needs. Yes, a crime has been done….but we are also talking about another child here.”
More importantly for her, she doesn't believe that is what her son would have wanted.
"Yes, a crime has been done, and you know there are consequences to a crime. But I don't think my son would want this."
For Tiffany, she wants people not to remember her son as the boy that was shot.
She wants people to remember Dax as the sweet funny boy she knew that always wanted to make people smile.
"I don't want him portrayed as the little boy that got shot. I want people to know who Dax really was. He had a little way of making people laugh when he got upset. Whenever you'd see him he'd always make sure he'd do a joke or make you smile, or do something out of the ordinary."
The Madison County Sheriff's office and Commonwealth's Attorney's office say they will not comment on a pending case.
Tiffany says she has not heard if a court date has been set.
But she is still hoping that whatever the outcome, she will finally know what happened the day her son died.