CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's been eight years since 19-year-old Ja'Ron McGill was shot and killed in the streets of Charlotte. McGill's parents are hoping someone will have new information that will help lead to an arrest on the eight-year anniversary of their son's murder.
"For any parent the worst news you want to hear is your son has been murdered, " James McGill said, who is Ja'Ron McGill's father. "Our faith has sustained us."
James McGill believes somebody knows something and they should come forward with information."Thou shalt not kill was not a suggestion but a command," the father said. "And nobody has the right to take anybody's life."
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the cold case unit is handling the case. This means a group of volunteers, who are experts in their field, have analyzed evidence and made some recommendations to help solve the case. When a crime goes to the cold case unit, people like retired police officers, engineers, pilots and professors come and look at the case with a set of fresh eyes.
Before the 19-year-old's murder went to the cold case unit, police chased several leads but those led nowhere.
"It's frustrating," Chris Dozier said, who is the captain of CMPD's homicide unit. "But it's not a reason not to give up."
The teen's mother still remembers the day she rushed to the hospital after she found out her son had been shot.
"By the time we got to see him it was almost too late," Jackie McGill said, who is Ja'Ron McGill's mother. "We didn't get to say goodbye. We couldn't say I love you or anything like that."
Police are hoping that hearing the pain from the parents' voices will influence others to come forward to crack the murder case.
"They may have information they may have been uncomfortable coming forward with before," Dozier said. "They are looking at now, I want to do the right thing. I want to tell the detective what I know and it could lead to an arrest."
While police are hoping someone will come forward, the family is still in a state of unforgiveness.
"We talk about forgiveness but it's been eight long years," James McGill said. "We've dealt with someone who's been too coward to even come forward, so we can't forgive. We've been taught to forgive, but we don't know who to forgive."
The father used this anniversary of his son's murder to address the recent rise of homicides in Charlotte.
"One is too many," the father said. "Whatever the number is...those are lives. They are more than just statistics. Those are lives and my prayer is that no family go through what our families had to go through."
Witnesses told police that a light colored Toyota Corolla with three people inside was spotted at the time of the shooting.
"Whoever it is they haven't rested," the father said. "They may be watching now. They have not rested for the last eight years. If they want to ease themselves, just come on out and admit it."
If you have any information about this shooting, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. There is a reward of up to $10,000.