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Family of gunned down victim search for answers in unsolved murder

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

Tyesha Simmons is still trying to piece together how her younger brother became a victim of violence.

"You hear about it on the news all the time; you read about it, but when it happens to you, it's totally different," Simmons said. "You lost your brother, you lost a piece of the family; a piece of the community is gone."

Travis Smith, 28, was shot and killed late September at Ridgeview Manor Apartment complex in North Augusta. Since then, North Augusta Public Safety has only gotten a few tips to work with in the case.

"For some reason, there's information out there and people are reluctant to give it to us, and I really don't understand why," said North Augusta Public Safety. "We are continuing to follow every lead that we have." 

North Augusta Public Safety is now offering a $1,000 reward for any information that could lead to this unsolved case. The family is helping by posting these flyers around the neighborhood, but that's not the only thing they're doing to bring attention to this issue. 

Along with posting reward flyers on poles, Simmons is organizing a "Stop the Violence" rally; inviting other families who have lost loved ones, hoping people will come forward with information that could help police with any unsolved murders like Smith's.

"We hope that this will encourage them to keep fighting for their loved one, and maybe if people know anything about these cases, they can come together and talk to the police," Simmons said.

And as police continue their investigation into Smith's death, Simmons will continue looking for closure.

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