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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus family makes a plea to the community to help find a killer. It's been nearly two months since a Columbus mother was gunned down while walking to a family member's home. 
     
The victim's family, desperate for justice, spoke exclusively to News Leader Nine.

"Everyday is hard," Octavis Bailey cried. Octavis is the victim's daughter.

Nothing could have prepared Bailey for Jan. 26, 2014. Just weeks into the New Year, the center of her world, her mother Marvine Bailey, was shot during a drive-by shooting.  

"It's hard to go day-by-day, knowing that I will not be able to see her face anymore," Bailey said.  

Around 7:45 p.m. that Saturday, the victim left her mother's house, and heading next door to her uncle's home on Forsyth St. The family said at least six shots rang out. The 47-year-old mother of three was struck in the chest.  
 
"The family claims there had been tension in the neighborhood for quite some time. Bailey said right before her mother was shot, a family member's home was attacked.

"My uncles house had been shot up," Bailey recalled. "I think it was that Monday."

The victim's family claimed police have had very few answers to give them.

"We're not trying to spoil the investigation, but we want to know something is happening," Bailey pleaded. 

Lt. Greg Touchberry, with the Columbus Police Department Robbery, Assault, Homicide Unit, said they had not forgotten about Bailey.

Touchberry claimed investigators have served five search warrants, and have interviewed people in the community, with little cooperation. Still, he says they are very close to making an arrest in this case. 

"My family, we just want closure and some answers," Bailey replied. 

Touchberry adds that investigators are currently waiting on an analysis of cellphone records, and are working to build a strong case.

Meanwhile, Bailey believes whoever took her mother's life could still be in the Chattahoochee Valley.

"Yes, he's still in town. It's hard going day-to-day knowing that he's going on with his life, and we are... not saying that we're stuck, but it's hard to go on and continue, knowing that he's gone on with his life," bailey asserted. "We're having trouble with our lives, because of something he's done."

Marvine Bailey was the second person to die by homicide in Columbus in 2014. If you have any information about this case, please call Columbus investigators at (706) 653-3400.

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