Phenix City family not giving up the fight to find their loved one’s killer

Phenix City family not giving up the fight to find their loved one’s killer

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A Phenix City family says they are still holding out hope they can find who shot and killed their loved one just down the road from his mother’s home.

The shooting happened in February of 2018 on 4th St. South, but the family are still coming together in hopes of finding answers.

“Eventually somebody’s [going to] talk, so if it takes me to come out here every single year on this particular day that’s what I’m going to do until I found out who actually did this to him,” says Shalisha Bonilla.

Bonilla says she holds her brother close to her heart in a bullet on her chest.

“This is his ashes that is actually in here. It reminds me of him. The bullet is because he was shot with guns and the Lord’s Prayer is on it as well,” Bonilla explains.

It is to remember 19-year-old Montravious Hartman, known as Trey to his family and those in the neighborhood.

Officers arrived on the scene and found Hartman lying in the roadway just four houses down from his mother’s home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. A year later and the investigation still underway.

"We're coming together trying to get my nephew Montravious Hartman's murder solved. Somebody comes forward with any kind of information,” says the victim’s uncle Johnnie Hartman. “It may be good it may be negative, but anything helps."

The family is passing out flyers and posters in hopes of getting information to possibly put a suspect behind bars.

"We're still seeking what happened to him because everyone needs to know what happened to their loved one when someone was murdered and killed, you know. Everyone needs to put the guns down and stop the gun violence. It needs to stop," says Bonilla.

After passing out flyers to those in the area hoping to spread the word, the family held a balloon release and hammered in a cross in the last place Hartman spent his life.

The family says Hartman left behind a son who was less than a year old at the time of the shooting. Phenix City police say it is still an active investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact police at (334) 448-2841.

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