Murdered Columbus cab driver's family releases balloons in his memory

Murdered Columbus cab driver's family releases balloons in his memory

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The family of a murdered Columbus cab driver did something special to remember their missing loved one on the same day his killer was sentenced to life without parole.

The family of Byron Brown gathered at Homicide Victims Memorial on the Columbus Riverwalk to release balloons Tuesday afternoon in honor of his memory. Family members said a word of prayer, then the balloons went up. Brown's daughter spoke to us about the event.

"I just feel like we'll be able to start live again instead of exist and hopefully our lives can go on continue to prosper," Brown's daughter Zaakirah Bilal said.

At the balloon release, the family also brought with a plaque with Brown's picture on it.

As for the cab driver's killer, a jury convicted Sandy Mitchell last week of malice and felony murder after officials claim he robbed and shot Brown in the back of the head after riding in his cab in September 2012.

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