More than a quarter of 2017 homicides in Charlotte left unsolved

More than a quarter of 2017 homicides in Charlotte left unsolved

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Questions about one night nearly a year ago still consume Patrice Warren. Her brother, Jabari Stewart, was shot and killed four days into the New Year, making Charlotte's fourth homicide of 2017.

Warren still knows very little about what happened.

"Did they know him. Did they not know him? Was this random? Was this an accident? Those things matter," she said.

According to CMPD, Stewart was shot and killed at his home on Stonefort Court. They say the 37-year-old father of two went outside to find help, but it was too late.

At the time, police believed there were two witnesses to the crime but there's no word if they were ever located.

"It still is really surreal," Warren told WBTV.

2017 is closing out with 85 homicides happening in Charlotte this year. Police say 55 of those cases have been resolved, while 30 have not. Stewart's is one of them.

Twenty cases are still opened from 2016 along with ten from 2015.

"I know for a fact that that won't change how I feel about it, but it would help me mentally be able to understand how this took place," Warren said.

Life is different without her brother.

"Each holiday it brings up more pain, just remembering him here the years before and the years prior and what it would be like to have him here," she said.

And as the one-year anniversary approaches, Warren continues to live with pain she knows could be eased by justice.

"I don't really think it could be put into words, but it is a theft of everything that is connected to a life," she said.

According to Warren, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in her brother's death. Tipsters are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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