Crime Stoppers: Finding a new normal for the family of a murder victim

Crime Stoppers: Tyrone Clay murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Plenty of potential witnesses, a yard full of people, but still the quiet is deafening. It's a new world, a new truth for one Baton Rouge family.

"The normal I knew is not there anymore. Someone told me I have to find a new normal," said Irene Clay. A new normal and a horrible new reality for the mother of 36-year-old Tyrone Clay.

On June 27, 2015, his home in the 1500 block of King Street, just off I-110 near Scotland Avenue, would become a crime scene. Investigators said he returned home early that morning after borrowing his girlfriend's car.

"Came back here, a few hours later he didn't return with the car," said Detective Lindsey Keller with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "She came to look for him and the car and located him."

He had been shot to death and left to die in his own driveway.

Clay has a large family, and they are all still grieving.

"Unbelievable. I didn't believe it until I saw it. It's something you can't accept and it's still unbelievable to this day," said Tyrone's cousin Murkel Parker.

So now it's all about why and who. Questions that are still being asked, because nobody is coming forward, despite the scene being very busy that morning.

"No witnesses ever came forward and neighbors haven't really heard anything," said Keller. His mother was out there that morning as well.

"Strange thing, the yard was full of people and he was just laying over there dead."

Can you imagine that? You're his mother, and all you want to do is go to him. But you can't. You at least now want to give him some peace, but that is out of your hands as well. His family has a message for the person whose hands it is in.

"Turn yourself in," said his sister Lagreta Clay. "You're going to sleep better. I know whoever did this, they are not sleeping well."

As for forgiveness, the family has already crossed that bridge. "Do we forgive you?  Yes," said his cousin. "But you need to get help, get some counseling and start over."

Start over, so they can start over as well.  They are all getting used to their new normal, but they can't really get there without your help.

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