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Homicide victim's family offers reward for arrest, conviction of killer

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STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

Family and friends of a murdered Statesville man hope reward money will encourage leads in a nearly two year old case.

Joseph "Joey" Brewer, 30, was found by police at the Myrtle Place Apartments on Jonathan Lane around 11:41 p.m. on September 12, 2011.

According to the Statesville Police Department, Brewer suffered from gunshot wounds and was transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital where he died.

Family members say Brewer did not live at the apartments and was meeting a friend there.

On Monday, Brewer's parents gathered at their son's gravesite to announce a more than $12,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. A large portion of the money was raised during a recent golf tournament.

"It's just a void that's in your life that's hard to explain," Robin Brewer said. "I know there are people that knew he was going to kill our son...look at your children and say what if someone killed my child - would I want to withhold information?"

"There's no closure knowing the one responsible is out walking the sidewalks," Tony Brewer said.

The family knows someone may be fearful to step forward but feel silence isn't the answer.

The Brewers say they've forgiven the shooter - their faith helped them do that - and they hope whoever fired the fatal shots will hear know that and 'fess up and face the consequences.

"He was a father, a brother and he was our son," Robin Brewer said.

Statesville Police Captain Bryan Johnson says the investigation is active and detectives are going back over evidence and re-interviewing people.

Capt Johnson says this case has helped reorganize the Iredell County Crimestoppers board making it a better resource for the community.  

If you have any information about this deadly shooting, call the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406 or Crimestoppers at 704-662-1340.

Brewer's family has established an Iredell Homicide Support Group for Survivors. The group meets every third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Western Avenue Baptist Church at 1206 Museum Rd.

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