Vigil for Unsolved Murder - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Vigil for Unsolved Murder

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by Phil Prazan

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Mothers Against Violence held a vigil Saturday for Rashad Adair.  He was shot while sitting in his car last December.

One year later his family's trying to keep his memory alive.

"It was always family first.  He was just a hard worker and a real good man," says his sister, Ashley White.

Family members placed lit candles in the snow and a picture of their loved one - who a gunman took away one year ago.

"I don't know if it was out of hatred or what but it's just crazy, I don't even understand it," says his brother, Brandon White.

The candles mark where Rashad Adair was gunned down on December 6th, 2012.  He struggled to survive for weeks, finally passing away on Christmas.
 
"On Christmas Eve he was talking to us and them to turn around on Christmas, he passed away and it was such a big shock," says Ashley.

His family in grief were left with no answers.
 
"Cause it hits home and when it hits it hits hard, like, I wouldn't want nobody to go through this," says Brandon.

There's no murder suspect and not much hope from police.

"It's important for us to have justice so the next mother won't suffer like our mom did and still is," says Ashley.

Family members say more than a hundred people came by Saturday, the day before what would be his 33rd birthday to wish them well.  The group now stands guarding the shrine that reminds them that they are still there and they will never forget.

"This many people still do love him you know, and it lets me know that this many people still want justice," says Brandon.

After the murder of Adair the group Mothers Against Violence began an effort to stop the killing on Des Moines streets.

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