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A Savannah family is begging for answers ten years after their loved one was shot and killed. John Antonio Weldon died in May of 2007; he was shot to death inside an apartment at Yamacraw Village.

His sister was 11 at the time. She still remembers the phone call they got and the tragic moments after the shooting like they happened yesterday. She hopes speaking out sparks a new interest in the old case.

Pictures are Alexis Weldon's only chance to see her brother. To a lot of people, John Antonio Weldon is just another name in Savannah's history of gun violence. To Alexis, he was and still is much more.

"I think about him every day. He was not even just my brother. He was like my father figure too. He always did everything for me," said Weldon.

The date sticks in Alexis's mind—May 1st, 2007. Her mom was cooking dinner in the kitchen.

"I just literally walked through the door from getting my hair done and my uncle called my mom and I didn't even know what he said but the way she reacted, I knew it was something that had to do with one of my family members,” said Weldon.

The news wasn't good. Someone shot the 22-year old Weldon inside an apartment complex at Yamacraw Village. He died shortly after at the hospital.

"I've heard of death before but it didn't hit close to home like that. It never happened like that close in my family,” said Weldon.

In the days and weeks after the case, police identified and detained a person of interest. They eventually released him. No progress has been made on the case since.

"It's been hard because you know you never know who did it and you go out and you go to Walmart, Old Navy, places and you don't know who did it. You could be smiling and talking to his killer,” said Weldon.

While some may forget the case of Tony Weldon, his memory lives on in these pictures and her newborn son.

"I just had a baby and I named him after him,” said Weldon.

If that call did ever come telling her of an arrest, Weldon said it would bring closure the family has so desperately been needing.   

While this is not a case Metro’s cold case unit is investigating, Weldon hopes to get in contact with them to see if they'll consider this case. She also hopes someone will come forward with information.

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