1 year later, family still searching for answers in unsolved murder

Billboard for murder of Kyle Royal (WRDW-TV)
Billboard for murder of Kyle Royal (WRDW-TV)
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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been one year since 16-year-old Kyle Royal was shot and killed outside a nightclub and his case still remains unsolved. On the anniversary of his death, his family is still looking for answers.

Kyle's sister Chasity Royal remembers it like it was yesterday.

"It was about 4:58 in the morning and I received a phone call from my dad stating that it was a family emergency," she said.

That's the moment she found out her brother had been killed.

"It didn't really hit me until the day of his funeral and I was like, wow this is real, I'll never see him again," she said.

One year later, it still hasn't gotten easier.

"Not being able in the future to look for his first graduation or his first day of college, his first child, my first niece and nephews really hurt," she said.

Early in the morning of Jan. 16, 2012, Kyle was with his friends at Magic City nightclub. He was shot and killed outside the club and was later found in the backseat of a car. His shooter has never been caught.

"We still can't get justice," Chasity said. "Logging into Facebook, logging onto the news channel and seeing all these cases solved, but my brother, his case still isn't solved and I would like that for him."

Investigators have worked leads, interviewed dozens of people and -- for the first time ever -- even posted billboards throughout Augusta.

"It's a little disheartening that somebody didn't call about it, but hopefully we'll just try something new and try to generate something," said Sgt. William Leisey, an investigator on the case.

They say it's not considered a cold case.

"We'll work it just as hard tomorrow as we did last January," he said. "Doesn't matter how much times gone by if you get that right piece of information it's just like it being the first day again."

It's that piece of information that might finally give this family some answers to the questions they still ask every day.

"I just don't understand the event itself," Chasity said. "Why did it take place? How did it take place?"

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information in the case.

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