SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah family is pleading with the community for information related to the murder of their loved one on the anniversary of his death.
The family gathered with a detective at Savannah Police Headquarters on Thursday to address the public. Four years ago, Ricardo “Ricky” Morris was shot and killed. His killer is still on the loose.
“A piece of our puzzle is missing. Our awesome, awesome son was taken away by cowards,” said the victim’s mother, Brenda Curtis Johnson.
On July 11, 2015, Ricardo Morris was found dead from a gun shot wound in the 7400 block of LaRoche Avenue, just before you get to Isle of Hope in Savannah.
His car was found in Garden City on fire that same morning. He was 38-years-old.
My son’s last words to me, were ‘I love you,' but that dreadful knock on the door at 6:04 in the morning of July the 11, 2015, I’m not even going to think about that pain no more," Johnson-Curtis said. “We’re rejoicing in my son’s name. We’re doing positive things in my son’s name like he wanted us to. I’m not crying no more.”
Fighting those tears, one of his children decided to speak out at the press conference.
“You can do it, no tears. You gave them enough tears and time. Come on, we’re going to stand together, united as a family," Johnson-Curtis said as he walked to the podium.
“I didn’t even know I’d be...four years to this day, I’d be hurting from pain that my family has gone through. I’m the oldest of eight kids, and me being here without my father is just a hole in my body that won’t be covered up," Daquan Smith, Morris’ son told the media.
Instead of crying, the family is pleading along with police for the public to stop the violence and speak up.
“This violence and stuff has got to stop. Like, it shouldn’t be another day where a parent has to get a knock on her door because one of her children, her kids, have been murdered and they found her son this place or that place. None of that should be going on today," Smith said. "Instead of killing each other, let’s pick each other up and help each other.”
The victim’s father, Walter Curtis added, “but until this community as one, stands strong, it’s not going to stop.”
Even though this is considered a cold case, they’re not giving up hope that there will be justice for Morris.
“I’m not going to stop working the case, and his family’s not going to forget him, and, you know, we’re just going to continue to move forward with the investigation," said Detective Jacob Schroyer of the Savannah Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit. He has been with the case since the beginning.
The victim’s mother added this: “I will not rest, until the missing puzzle of my life and my king, those cowards that took my kingdom away, have been brought to justice.”
If you know anything about this case, you are encouraged to call Savannah Police at 912.525.3124.