INDIANAPOLIS — Brenda Hill can only see her son Reggie in pictures and mementos, or on her weekly visits to his grave on the near north side.
A year after his death, Hill is speaking out for an end to his case and an end to violence in the city.
“He was number 39. He was number 39 of the homicides for 2013,” Hill said.
Someone gunned down Reggie Hill, 20, on April 4 last year at 52nd and Georgetown Road.
Police believe they know who killed Hill, but have no witnesses or confessions and don’t have enough evidence to close the case.
Last year, more than 30 homicide cases went unsolved, many for similar reasons. Hill wonders if her son’s case will ever be solved, especially after recent upticks in violence.
“(This week) I kind of walked around the house in a daze and I thought, ‘Almost a year, really, almost a year and we’re going through this same thing all over again,'” Hill said.
Despite the recent rise, IMPD officers told Fox 59 that detectives are used to juggling multiple cases and it won’t affect their ability to investigate crimes.
“There are a lot of times people are just not willing to step forward and say, ‘I saw this person take the life of that person,'” Lt. Chris Bailey said.
So, Hill had a message for anyone who could help solve Reggie’s case.
“Even if you think it’s small, let someone know, tell somebody, don’t hold it back because holding it back is holding me back,” Hill said.
She also wanted to get a message out about recent violence, calling for it to end and spare another family’s pain.
“These kids are not being taught morals and values, to treat others the way they want to be treated,” Hill said.
This Saturday, the Hill family will gather to celebrate Reggie’s life one year later. That gathering will take place at the Sutherland Park Cemetary at 3 p.m. and the public is invited.