CHESAPEAKE, Va ()WAVY) - After a year with no answers about the shooting that killed 24-year-old Brandon Peller, his family desperately wants closure.
"Nobody has the right to take somebody's life. Nobody has the right. A mother shouldn't bury her child. Shouldn't happen," said Monica Johnson, Peller's mother.
But that's precisely what happened on September 16 of last year. Johnson describes her son as charismatic, outgoing and caring. She buried him without knowing what really led to his untimely death.
"He got a call to go to work. They were going to meet up to go to work, and when they got to where he was at, some strange guy said 'I got your friend, he's here, he's been shot.' They took him to the hospital. That's all we know," she said.
Peller was a brick mason apprentice, headed to work in Chesapeake that day. But according to his mother, where he was shot remains unclear. She admits detectives have questioned his friends, but still there have been no arrests.
"He's got a son who'll be three in December, and he asks for his dad all the time. He looks just like him. It's hard especially when I see his son and his siblings, and they're frustrated too because we don't have any answers, so it's really hard," Johnson said.
Was it an accident, intentional or mistaken identity? Those are some of the questions that keep Johnson up at night as a year approaches since Brandon's death.
Johnson told WAVY.com, "I'm hoping the anniversary will spark something. Somebody may just come forward, figuring they just can't live with it anymore; they seen something and now, oh my goodness, they might just come forward. That's what I'm hoping for."
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