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Mom of slain teen brings attention to unsolved murder

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Lateshia Bryant is hopeful someone will come forward with information about her son's death. Lateshia Bryant is hopeful someone will come forward with information about her son's death.
Donte Swann was fatally shot on April 19, 2012. Donte Swann was fatally shot on April 19, 2012.
This 1982 Monte Carlo was the car Donte Swann was shot in. This 1982 Monte Carlo was the car Donte Swann was shot in.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

One year ago - an 18 year old was fatally shot for his royal blue 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. But his case has gone cold.  

April 19 was the one-year anniversary since the fatal shooting of Donte Swann.

His family visited Swann's grave site. A week ago, a car show was held in his memory. At the car show, she saw his prized possession – his blue Monte Carlo.

Lateshia Bryant's son lost his life over his car.

It was 8 p.m. on April 19, Swann was headed home. While he was stopped, he was shot several times at the corner of Abercorn and 54th streets. His car was stolen and found just a few miles away.

"It still feels unreal sometimes. I'm like, OK, he's going to come home," Bryant said.

She still has the same shrine in her doorway of her home in his honor and visits his grave weekly.

"It's not getting easier. It's getting harder and harder by the day," she said. Bryant added that she never would have imagined that her son would be an unsolved murder case.

She said that being patient with detectives is a challenge.

"They call you back: 'Oh, nothing new'. But you aren't following up on what we told you or what we heard. It's like they forgot about him," she said of the investigation. 

This past year has seen several high-profile murders involving young adults. Bryant said that the attention others have received can be tough, even when they all get the same answers.

"It's getting very hard and aggravating and confusing," she said. "I know it's confusion for all the families. I just want something. I want answers." 

She said she just wants to know what happened. She said that at the time of the shooting it was still daylight. 

"Somebody should have seen something - heard something," she said. 

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said that as far as the Swann murder investigation is ongoing and that there's nothing new to report.

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