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Family reacts to Phenix City man found shot to death

(Source: Family of Steven McClendon) (Source: Family of Steven McClendon)
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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A family is speaking out two days after their loved one was found shot to death on Abercrombie and Masons Roads in Phenix City.

Forty-two-year-old Steven McClendon was taken to Midtown Medical Center before being pronounced dead by the Russell County Coroner Wednesday, May 24.

The sisters of the victim, Montric McClendon and Misty Coleman say they will not rest until they find out who is responsible.

"You gotta understand that no mother should have to bury her son and that is what my mom has to do," said Misty Coleman, sister of the victim.

She says the family is torn apart as they search for answers in their brother's unexpected death.

"I didn't believe it. I called him. I was like this has got to be the wrong number. I didn't believe it," said Coleman.

Their brother, Steven was found in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday morning, with multiple gunshot wounds. 

The sisters say he was found in a place very familiar to the family. 

"Where my brother was killed at, we used to run those dirt roads picking plums, blackberries. We grew up there. That's out upbringing, so he was at a familiar place. The thing is, we don't know if someone took him there or if he took himself there. We don't know anything," said Montric McClendon.

Friday, the sisters visited Big Cat Convenience Store off North Lumpkin Road in Columbus. That is believed to be the last place their brother was seen alive, only hours before his death. 

He was reportedly accompanied by a woman who has not been identified.

"You're not gonna lure my brother in a dark area and kill him like that without him being able to defend himself. So I know whoever killed my brother was someone that he knew and trusted," said McClendon.

So far, Phenix City police have not identified any suspects in the case and the very few leads have led to dead ends. 

"I don't care why. I just want to know who. The police need to know who. It's been too many senseless killings in Columbus and Phenix City, unsolved murders. This is not going to be an unsolved murder. We are going to find out who killed my brother and justice is going to be served," said McClendon.

A candlelight vigil is planned where McClendon's body was found on Mason's Road Saturday, May 27 at 6 p.m.

The family says they are offering a cash reward to anyone who can provide information. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Phenix City Police Department.

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