Family members still seeking answers in unsolved murder case

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

North Augusta, SC (WRDW)- "It would have been his 30th birthday," said Tyesha Simmons, Travis Smith's sister. "I would have joked with him, 'Oh you're old now,' and he probably would have come back with a quick come back."

Instead of celebrating a milestone birthday with her baby brother Travis, all Tyesha Simmons can do is look at pictures remembering the fun they used to have.

Back on Sept. 29, 2012, Simmons got a call and heard words she never thought she'd hear.

"Somebody killed Travis, and I was just in shock," Simmons said.

North Augusta Public Safety said Travis Smith was visiting a friend at the Ridgeview Manor Apartments when two men in hoodies approached him.

Smith was found dead on a couch with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Now, almost two years later, the gunman is still on the loose.

"Unsolved, no motive, no suspect, just up in the air, really no information, no leads," Simmons said. "It's just a dead locked case, no information."

It's always in the back of your mind. I wonder what happened that night. Am I ever going to get answers? Because you want to know.
You just want closure," Simmons said.

And closure is what she said she's hoping to get.

She said she's heard of cases being solved 20 or 30 years later; so no matter how long it takes, she says she's not giving up finding her brother's killer.

"Don't ever let it be just a shut case," Simmons said. "Always fight for what you believe in."

And Simmons did fight.

She passed out flyers and started a group called Team Bowskie. She said that group helps her cope with her brother's death. It allows her to work with families who are going through the same thing.

With other deadly shootings recently, Simmons said she hopes the community doesn't turn a blind eye and comes together to stop the violence.

"As long as the people are still on the street, the answers are out there," Simmons said. "They could be free to do this to someone else. That's my main thing. I don't want this to happen to another family."