RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The mother of a murdered Richmond man is pleading with the public. Four years after her beloved son, 24-year-old James Curtis Seay, was gunned down in the city's southside, he was remembered at a vigil Saturday night. Police say his killer is still on the loose.
A single photo, printed a dozen times, shows the image of a handsome young man smiling. It's how Seay's friends and family say they remember him. Flowers stand in tribute to 24-year-old murder victim. Red heart balloons were released into the sky in his memory.
Seay was gunned down four years ago; his body found on the corner of Warwick and Bramwell in southside Richmond. Police believe he was the victim of a robbery turned violent.
"I just hope this year be the year we can get his killers," said Seay's aunt Lorane. "Right now we're hurting, and we can't move forward."
Seay's mother Andrea Jones is still heartbroken over her son's death. She couldn't stop shaking as she talked to us on camera.
"It's been four long aching years," she said. "His daughter Jenay, who is 9-years-old, was four and he was murdered on her graduation day from preschool."
Jones holds tight on her grand daughter, who now shares her son's smile and laughter. This family has one desperate plea for anyone who may know about this crime.
"Please come forward," Lorane said. "Call Crime Stoppers call the Richmond Police Department, please help us find the ones who killed our nephew and her son to help our family start to heal some."
Two people were arrested a year after Seay's murder, but prosecutors decided to dismiss the charges. Family members don't believe either man was responsible.