Shooting victim, mother of three now talking with family

Muskegon shooting victim talking, still faces long recovery

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Nineteen-year-old Linda Jamerson remains in a Muskegon hospital, recovering from multiple gunshot wounds to her head, shoulder, side and chest. While the man accused of causing those injuries remains inside of Muskegon County jail. 

"I am thankful she's alive," said Helen Quinn-Walker. "She's in a lot of pain."

Quinn-Walker is the grandmother of Jamerson's oldest child, 3-year-old Lamir Jamerson. For now, she's caring for Lamir and Jamerson's other son, 2-year-old Ja-Raun Render Jr. Another grandmother is taking care of Jamerson's daughter 16-month-old Jariah Render.

Jaraun Render was charged last week with two counts of assault with intent to murder.

Police say he shot Jamerson and her friend, Dajuan Edison, 26, outside the Muskegon Sunny Mart at 1301 E. Apple Avenue on Tuesday night, Nov. 14. 

Edison's injuries were not as significant as Jamerson's.

She's now well enough to talk with friends and family members.

"When I was up there she had just had a nightmare," said Quinn-Walker. "She said she was running from him and she was crying and he was chasing her."

Jamerson had a personal protection order against Jaraun Render. The court had informed him to stay away from Jamerson. Police say Jaraun Render confronted Jamerson and Edison in the Sunny Mart's parking lot and fired multiple shots into the car they were driving.

"He was trying to kill her," said Quinn-Walker. 

Quinn-Walker's grandson and Jaraun Renders' children were in his car at the time of the shooting. 

For now Quinn-Walker is caring for Jamerson's boys, another grandparent has Jamerson's daughter.

The family is grateful for the supplies provided by Forrest Park Covenant Church, the Muskegon Rescue Mission, and Every Woman's Place during this time. 

"Clothing, diapers, and toothbrushes," said Quinn-Walker.

The items will help as Jamerson's friends and family members wait for her to get well enough to leave the hospital.

Jaraun Render, made his first appearance before a judge Friday, Nov. 17.

He entered a not guilty plea in connection to the shooting in the parking lot of the Sunny Mart on Apple Avenue.

Judge Geoffrey T. Nolan set Render's cash bond at $500,000.

Render faces four felony charges: two counts of intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon in a vehicle and one count of carrying a firearm while attempting to commit a felony. The intent to murder charges carry a life sentence.

During the arraignment, Matt Roberts, the chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor's office, told Nolan that Render confessed to the shooting to detectives.

Render's next court appearance will be on Nov. 28. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

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