Someone knocked on the door of Angela Carter's Dawson Springs home just before 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd.
She asked her 16-year-old son Dakota Carter to open it -- not knowing it would kill him.
"I heard 'pop pop pop'," Angela said. "The first bullet hit the screen door and broke the glass - it shattered it. The second bullet hit the wall -- and the third bullet exited through the back of his head."
The shooter -- running away into the darkness.
"He fell back and the blood started coming....and it kept flowing," Angela said. "And my husband got on his knees and said, 'Dakota are you here?'"
Dakota later died after being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
"I kissed Dakota and I said, 'You are the most beautiful thing I've ever seen,'" Angela said. "'I will carry you with every fiber of my being until the day I die.'"
The Dawson Springs community -- coming out in full support of the grieving Carter family -- dropping off everything from money to letters and cards.
"Several people brought us flowers," Angela said. "Some brought us food. But it doesn't replace Dakota."
"You could be at your own home -- the safety of what you think is your own home," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon McPherson. "It's pretty tragic and scary for a community like Dawson Springs."
As for Dakota's mother -- she wants justice.
"He's dead because his murderer came here and took my baby," she said. "He destroyed my family -- we are all in agony."
The Carters plan to move out of their residence and have a fresh start in the next few months. For now, they are working on their son's funeral arrangements and waiting to find out more about the motive behind his tragic death.
An arrest was made Wednesday in connection to Dakota's death. The suspect appeared in court for the first time Thursday, but the investigation remains ongoing with few additional details known.