News 12 at 6 o'clock, May 18, 2007
Augusta, GA -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is now offering a $5000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest in the Robert Love murder case.
He's the young father gunned down in front of his Washington Road apartment complex last month. Friday, his mother spoke out only on News 12.
Love's murder is the only one deputies say is unsolved in the county this year. Now, his mother is hoping money talks.
"I just want to know why? Why my child? Why did you do this to my child? Was it worth it," asks Otelia Love.
Three weeks after his murder, she still has so many questions, but none of them will bring back her only son. "I never see him. When I close my eyes I never see him,” she says. “When I open my eyes, I never see him. That's the sad thing about it."
So, Otelia holds his memory close to her in a frame she keeps by her side. In it, is a picture with a note written by a friend: "Hug and kiss Ra'Quezz for me; miss me but let me go."
But, Otelia can't let go just yet. She says "I haven't faced reality yet that he's gone. I will never face reality because it's unbelievable."
The family's nightmare began nearly three weeks ago on April 28th, 2007. Robert Love spent the night out with friends and came home around 5AM Saturday morning.
What happened next no one knows for sure, which his mother has a hard time believing. "That's impossible! With all those apartments around there someone had to see the whole thing," she declares.
Witnesses heard an argument between Love and another man near his building and three gunshots fired. Some witnesses tell investigators they saw the killer run off alone, but others report seeing another man in the parking lot with the gunmen.
Investigators are still trying to determine if Robert Love knew his killer or if he was the victim of a robbery.
Richmond County's Major Case Squad has been working for weeks and now they're offering a $5000 dollar reward to catch Robert Love's killer.
Meanwhile, his mother needs answers. "I want justice to be done, but as far as my heart and not seeing my child anymore, nothing will take the place of that," she says.
Of the 10 murders in the county so far this year, Love's death is the only unsolved homicide according to investigators.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Again, $5000 dollars will be awarded for an arrest and a conviction in the case.