Family looking for answers in North Augusta apartment complex murder

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's been one month since a 28-year-old was murdered at a North Augusta apartment complex. To this day, family friends still don't know who did it or why.

A dozen people showed up at the apartment complex on Saturday to hand out fliers with Travis Smith's picture and reward information. They are asking anyone who knows anything not to be afraid to speak out.

"Do the right thing for Travis Smith," is what the fliers that now hang on doors all over Ridgeview Manor Apartments are asking you to do.

"That's what keeps us up at night, that's what worries us," said Smith's sister Tyesha Simmons. "Just the fact that we don't know anything."

Smith was murdered just one month ago in apartment 417 and his family still doesn't have any answers.

"We don't know why," Simmons said. "We don't have a clue of who did it. That's the really hard part."

"At the end of the day, when you lay down in that bed, you're still asking yourself why," added Monique Toole, who is the mother of Smith's 9-year-old daughter.

On Saturday, family and friends filled the apartment complex posting fliers on doors, windows, mailboxes and more.

"I don't wanna forget that this happened, because if we let it sit on the back burner, nothing's ever gonna get done," Simmons said.

"We trying to keep it up, because if you just stop, you'll forget," added his aunt Johnnie Mae Mims.

A witness says two black males wearing hoodies approached Smith and fired a single shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"They took away a lot," Simmons said. "They took away a father, a brother, a friend. They took away a good person, a person who didn't deserve this. A piece of our community is gone, a piece of our family is gone."

"To tell your child that her daddy's gone and he'll never see him again -- that's just heartbreaking right there," Toole said.

Now they're asking the community for help.

"If anybody knows anything please, please tell somebody," Mims said.

"Just come forward," Simmons said. "You can call Crime Stoppers, you can remain anonymous, but please do this because it could have been someone in your family and you would want somebody to do the same thing for you."

Investigators say they are still working on leads, but have nothing new to report. They are working with Crime Stoppers and a reward is being offered for useful information, but so far, they haven't received any responses.


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