Family hopes balloon release will lead to son's killer

Posted at 6:57 PM, Oct 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 would've been Laron Watkins 22nd birthday. Instead of spending the evening opening gifts and eating cake, his loved ones are holding balloons tagged with the crime stopper tip-line number with hopes of finding Laron's killer.

7 Eyewitness News caught up with Laron's family who spent most of the afternoon blowing up more than 1000 balloons, balloons with a bookmark showing the victim's picture, information about his murder, and a phone number where people can anonymously call with information.

It was on August 4th of 2016, when Laron Watkins was shot and killed right here at Sperry Park while walking home from work.

His father tells 7 Eyewitness News he was just blocks away from home when he was killed. Family now hopes their unique method will lead them to a killer."

"I'm feeling a little better today because today is his birthday he would've been 22 today and the fact that all of these people are coming together to try to help find an answer or get the people that did this it makes me feel a little better," Larry Watkins told 7 Eyewitness News.

Larry says someone out in the community knows something about this murder and that if just one person sees a tag it will help the police solve this murder.