JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Faye and Leonard Holmes won't let their son become another forgotten statistic. Since the murder of 23-year-old Delas Holmes in September 2007, they've been hunting for his killer.
They picked the corner of Maple and Rondo Streets in Jackson to erect a cross and a memorial sign Saturday morning. The car Delas was driving hit a utility pole after he was shot three times nearby.
"They told me he had been leaning over when the bullets came through the door," Leonard Holmes says. "He was shot here in the buttocks... and in the side. The entrance went up into his body, in his chest."
Two and a half years later, no one has come forward. "We just want answers. As parents that love their child, just need answers right now so we can have closure," Faye Holmes says. "God knows. God knows your heart. You can't run forever, you can't hide forever," is her message for the person responsible.
Helping them in their effort is Larry Nelson, Sr. He's the father of another murder victim.
Flanked by other volunteers, Nelson walked the neighborhood with a bullhorn Saturday morning, stopping traffic to pass out flyers with Holmes' name and information about his death.
Larry Nelson, Jr. was shot and killed on Farish Street in July 2007. Darryl Henderson has been charged in the crime, but in 2008 he was released on bond. A trial date is pending.
"Initially we were set for March 8. We've had a setback. I'm accustomed to that," Nelson says.
After his son's death, Nelson began The Victims' Group, which makes grassroots efforts to gather information about unsolved murders. "We got to put an end to street justice. It's not gonna work. We're tired of black people killing each other," he says.
If you have information on the shooting death of Delas Holmes, call Jackson Police at 601-960-0311, or call The Victims' Group at 1-662-588-048. A $2,500 reward is being offered.
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