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Police canvass neighborhood in search of killer

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Police are calling on a community to help as investigators try to solve a murder mystery in northwest Atlanta.

They are looking for clues that could lead them to the person who shot and killed a father of four at a home on Grand Avenue.

Police and members of the community canvassed the neighborhood where Jimmy Rushin was gunned down.

Rushin's girlfriend, Verfrandae Newberry, said Rushin was a good man and a great father to their four children.

"It's just a big loss," Newberry said. "Jimmy was great."

Newberry choked back tears as she struggled to tell reporters how difficult life has been without the man she loved.

"I can't eat, I can't sleep, I'm scared," Newberry said.

Newberry said it is especially tough explaining Rushin's death to their youngest children.

"My 3- and 5-year-old, it just hit me, their questions like, 'Why won't my daddy come back?' How do you answer that?" Newberry asked.

Rushin was shot and killed early last month.

So far, no witnesses have come forward, and police are working with few leads.

"We're hoping to find a witness, someone who may have seen what happened or with some general information on the shooting and why it happened," said Sgt. Ricardo Vazquez, a homicide detective with the Atlanta Police Department.

Newberry hopes that as police get the word out, someone will come forward.

"If they have compassion for my children, compassion for anyone's children, we need closure for my kids and jimmy's parents," Newberry said.

Police are offering a $2,000 reward and ask that anyone with information call Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

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