COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A simple ride down a Columbus street changed one local family's life forever. Lillian Powell was on her way to her son's house when she noticed emergency vehicles speeding past her.
"I pulled to the side for them to pass and they turned on Celia Drive. We turned on the next street up. As we were driving, I had a funny feeling and I said 'I hope nothing happened,'" said Powell.
But, something did happen on Celia Drive on the evening of December 10, 2008. Something, Lillian Powell felt in her gut, involved her 36-year-old son. "I asked one of the detectives, 'Is anybody hurt?' and he said, 'Yes. Somebody is hurt really bad.'," recounted Powell.
As it turned out, that feeling Lillian had was right. Her son Isaac Powell was shot and killed by an unknown suspect or suspects who entered his home and attempted to rob him.
Powell's mother told News Leader 9, "It just hurts to know that someone would just gun a person down like that, for no reason, and have no sympathy for doing it."
Powell's sister spoke to News Leader 9 about that tragic night her brother was gunned down. "For someone to come into his home and kill him like that, it's just wrong. I've heard people say it gets better as time goes on but, [as for my family and I], we're still stuck on December 10, 2008," she said.
Isaac Powell left behind five children. Some of them still can't believe their father is gone. "My grand kids tell me 'Grand mom, my daddy is not coming back.' and I say, 'No baby'. His 10-year-old told me, 'They didn't have to kill my daddy because my daddy would have given them anything they would have asked him for, and he would have.'"
Those who knew Powell described him as a kind man with a good heart. Then-neighbor and Muscogee County Coroner, Bill Thrower, had this to say about Powell on the day of his murder. "Friendly, just a good person as far as everything I know about him."
"When they took his life, it's just like I died that day. I've been angry, sad… but, I just pray for that day to come because [it will bring] a little peace to know that someone is paying for taking my brother's life," said Powell's sister.
That day, she's talking about, is the day someone will finally come forward with information that could lead to an arrest in this case and bring some peace to his family.
Lillian Powell, the victim's mother said, "It hurts. I can hardly sleep. I can hardly eat sometimes and it's just really hard on me and the rest of my family and his kids and my grand kids."
Officer Deborah Whitley with the Columbus Police Department told us investigators never stopped working this case and will continue looking for leads until an arrest is made. "Something that you may not think is important [might] be exactly what we need to close this case," said Whitley.
While holding back the tears, Powell's mother said, "My child is gone and if anybody knows anything about what happened that night please come forward and call Crime Stoppers."
If you know anything that will help police solve this case you are asked to call the local Crime Stoppers at (706) 653-3188. Your identity will remain anonymous and you could receive a cash reward for any information that will lead to an arrest.