A North Omaha family spent the Labor Day holiday celebrating the life of a loved one, who was shot and killed a year ago.
29-year-old Markell Brewer was gunned down outside his grandma’s house near 31st and Decatur streets, while he was outside talking to friends and family.
No arrests were ever made and Brewer’s parents say Brewer’s murder is still on the loose.
“It’s been a tough year without my son,” said Les Morrow, Brewer’s dad.
A year after his death, the family spent the day at Schroeder-Vogel Park, to celebrate Brewer’s life and release balloons in his honor.
“This is in honor of my son Markell Brewer – who died a year ago today,” said Brewer’s mom as she led the dozens of family members to release the balloons.
“We only wish he could be here with us to celebrate today – anything other than him being gone,” said Morrow. “This is something I never thought I’d experience – to see one of my kids go before me.”
Peggy Henry, Brewer’s grandmother wore a shirt with a picture of her grandson, who she said was ‘the nicest young man – he had a smile that lit up a room.’
“He’s always going to be with us in some kind of way. We’ll never forget him. He’s always going to be in our minds and in our hearts,” said Henry.
Morrow said it’s been a tough year without seeing his son’s infectious ‘Kool-Aid’ smile. “Everybody loved to see it.”
Even more tough – not having answers.
“We’re a year after his death and we still don’t have answers on what happened,” said Mary Roy, Brewer’s childhood friend.
“We want justice. If anybody knows anybody, please come forward. Any clue, any evidence – anything that could help them solve the crime, please come forward. There’s no question about it – we want justice,” said Morrow.
3 News Now reached out to the Omaha Police Department for an update to the investigation.
The Homicide Unit did not provide an update at the time of this report.
If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.