Families with unsolved cases walk to honor murder victims

Published 08/02 2013 02:02PM

Updated 08/02 2013 02:08PM

DECATUR -- Two years ago, Michaela Kirby's brother, Caleb Witty, was killed walking home from the Decatur Celebration. Now, she's making sure his memory lives on with the support of the entire community.

Witty was shot to death while he and his sister walked home. His case is still unsolved. It's one of many in the community. WCIA-3's Amanda Porterfield went to the event held in his honor.

The event wasn't just for Caleb. It was for anyone who's lost a loved one and hasn't seen justice.

It's clear there are plenty of people who haven't given up. At the beginning of the night, many people were strangers who just all happened to have the same story.

"I will never forget that day. It was the most miserable day of my life."

"I got the call, at like, three in the morning."

"I found him laying on the ground dying. He died in my arms."

But, together, they marched, holding signs, pictures and memories of loved ones who left them behind. Through each step, they learned they've all been living with the same pain.

"Just reliving the events over and over again."

"Sheri was half my soul and I feel like half my soul was murdered and I will never get that back."

At 17, Michaela Kirby is helping ease that pain.

"I want to make sure we don't forget and put it out there so others remember."

It's only been two years since her brother, Caleb, was killed. But, she started a foundation, Criminals are Wanted, hoping to give other families whose cases haven't been solved, a ribbon of hope.

"It helps me a lot to know there's somebody else. They're willing to help the newer cases and the newer victims."

Some here have been waiting decades, others just a few years. No matter how long it's been, they all want the same thing and hope coming together will help.

"If anybody knows anything, please come forward. Any bit of information can help."

"It's easier now after 19-years, but it would be better with justice."

"We want justice."

Now people have more incentive to help with at least two cold cases: Sherri Lewis and Caleb Witty. Tipsters could get a $10,000 reward from the sheriff's office and Crime Stoppers.

But, there's a time limit. You only have until August 31 to provide a tip leading to an arrest or court charging.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Decatur & Macon County Crime Stoppers
(217) 423 - TIPS
Text: DPD333 + info to CRIMES (274637)

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