The family of Levi Brown, an Omaha man found murdered in his home last May, held a memorial one year later.
Brown's mother, Priscilla Shelby, discovered Brown dead in his home after not hearing from him for several days.
"It was just devastating, just devastating," said Shelby.
Shelby tells WOWT Six News that she believes Brown was dead for more than a day, and that one year later, his absence still feels unreal.
"I guess kind of in the back of my mind I was just hoping that this day would be the day that I'd wake up from this nightmare, but it's for real," said Shelby, shaking her head.
The family organized a small memorial at Brown's grave-site, shared words, and then released balloons into the air to "uplift" Brown's memory.
Family and friends say that while getting together brings comfort, they will not feel closure until the people responsible for Brown's death are caught.
"It kind of just leaves a little hole in your heart of the unknown," said Kim Black, Levi's aunt.
But Shelby questions how much is unknown, claiming similar murders have been committed since, and that Omaha police have suspects.
"That's kind of a frustrating thing for me, you know you have these suspects and the same people's names keep coming up and it seems like you're not doing anything," said Shelby.
Police tell WOWT Six News the homicide is an open investigation and that they are looking for tips. If given, the tipster may be eligible for a twenty-five thousand dollar reward.