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Mother pleads for son's killer to come forward

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Beverly Byrd stood in front of reporters Saturday begging for anyone with information on her son's murder to come forward.

This year marked the fifth anniversary of Eric Byrd's death.

Byrd was shot and killed during what police call an armed robbery attempt. Police say Byrd and three others drove to an apartment complex off Albemarle Road to buy marijuana. That was January 18, 2008. The complex was known then as Lake Point Apartments.

A man armed with an assault-type weapon, police say, shot and killed Byrd and wounded two others. No one knew the shooter. He is only described as a younger black man.

"For no one to come forth..I know people know. And for someone not to come forth...it's hurtful," Beverly Byrd said. "My son's life was snatched up at the age of 22 years old. This was my only child."

"In any homicide case we know there is always a handful of individuals in the community that potentially know our suspect..know the person that is involved," Detective Bill Ward said.

CMPD asked retired detectives to come back part time to help close unsolved cases. Ward is looking into Byrd's case.

"It is a little bit frustrating..it is a little bit harder with time," Ward said. Ward has been working the case since May 2012. "There are avenues we're looking at. There are potential suspects in the case but we need just a little bit of help from someone out there that might know at little bit more."

"I have forgiven the person that pulled that trigger. I have to forgive him. I don't know what kind of torment you've gone through in your life that you feel like you have the right to take someone else's life so I feel sorry for you. I hope that sometime, somewhere you find peace..but the only way you'll find that peace is to confess your crime. Clear you conscience. If you have one," Byrd said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600. A reward of up to $5,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest.

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