BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Both Baton Rouge Police and the family of a murder victim feel the investigation is still solvable nearly six years later as the mystery remains, just like the pain.
"It's hard. Someone asks me how many children you have. I have to say one now," said Elouise Shannon.
That's just one of the ways her life has changed. It is a heartbreaking realization for a mother as her first born, and only, son was killed.
Walter Sip Jr. was shot and killed in the early morning hours of July 15, 2010 at the King's Court Apartment complex, located just south of Howell Park in north Baton Rouge.
Elouise's other child, her daughter, heard the news as she was driving to her brother's apartment.
"Halfway there my dad called me. He got there before I did. He told me he was dead," said Erica Sip.
Turns out Sip would step out in front of his apartment every morning after getting off of work for a bit of a smoke break. That was his ritual. Did that play a factor in his death?
"It may well be this was a crime of opportunity or someone may have recognized his pattern because this was routine for him," said Det. John Dauthier with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Sip had no criminal history, so people are baffled here. What he did have, though, were two young sons.
"They still ask about him. They don't really understand," his sister said.
"They ask for their dad and we don't know what to tell them," his mother said.
At some point it would be nice to tell them that the person who took their daddy away from them has been caught, but that's going to take more than just
"Without the community's cooperation, these crimes are almost impossible to solve in many cases," Dauthier said. "We want to make a difference, but we need your help."
Those are sentiments shared by the family still trying to deal with a massive hole in their lives.
"If we expect the world to change, we have to step up. We have to make a change," Sip's mother said. "It can start with one person. Today it starts with
All it takes is one person and maybe you could be that one.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.