Norfolk, Va. (WAVY) — The family of a local college student gunned down two weeks ago took their personal plea to the streets Saturday.
Family, friends and even strangers of Joseph Bose returned to the neighborhood where the 20-year-old died in search of answers.
It was a group effort, as about 50 supporters along with Norfolk police detectives blanketed the area of 35th Street and Killam Avenue handing out flyers and talking with neighbors.
“It’s excruciating. My heart has been ripped out of my chest,” said Kim Bose, Joe Bose’s mother. “We’re going from street to street all around 35th and Killam, which is a street I don’t even like to say out loud … we know somebody knows something.”
Danielle Wynn was one a few strangers who showed up to support the family. She says she felt it in her heart to help out.
“We’re counting on the fact that a week later people are going to get relaxed and start talking,” said Wynn, who waved down cars and pedestrians in search of tips and leads.
Mrs. Bose says a family reward of $10,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.
“We have a killer who is still out there on the streets and we want to bring him to justice,” said Robert L. Williams, a cousin of the victim.
As Mr. and Mrs. Bose wait for justice, they hope their son’s death paired with their persistence will create change in neighborhoods near and far.
“We’ve got to bring peace back to our neighborhoods,” said Mrs. Bose. “We’ve got to fight for this as a community, as a people. We can not let the evil win.”
The group passed out about 800 flyers Saturday, according to Mrs. Bose, who says more walks will be organized in the future.
In the two weeks since the shooting, police have not released any information about suspects or persons of interest.
Those with helpful information can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.