NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - One year ago, Joey Gipson's mother spoke about watching her son take his last breath. Cheryl
White heard a loud bang. The sound came from her son's bedroom which he shared with a girlfriend.
"His fiancée woke up and seen three guys running out their bedroom with the hoodies on, so she never got to see anybody's face," White said.
Then and today the belief is someone knows who killed Joey Gipson.
"Somebody knows something, most definitely," White said Wednesday Somebody knows something. "And I plead, you know, that they would come forward, you know, boldly come forward."
"Speaking in general terms, most crimes that are committed, someone, somewhere knows something," said Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department.
Sowell said that person has yet to be found.
"Our investigators have received hundreds of leads in this particular case, and it takes time to work those out," Sowell said.
Separating speculation and lies from the truth takes time.
"This case is by no means closed," Sowell said, "It's by no means stagnant."
Gipson's family fear otherwise. They complain police are not providing updates.
"We hadn't heard anything until the day before yesterday," White said.
That's when rumors flew that Joey's fiancée was called in by police. White says she confirmed the street talk with Joey's fiancée and the detective on the case.
"She called and told me that they had called her down there to look at some pictures, so I called him, and he said he do have some leads," White said.
"Me and my brother were just like this," said LaTeddra Gipson, Joey's sister, holding up crossed fingers.
LaTeddra Gipson remains upset that the family had to make the first call.
"A whole 365 days passed by," LaTeddra Gipson said. "If I did talk to them it was because I reached out to them."
LaTeddra Gipson doesn't want police or the community to forget her brother's murder. Last spring, a Justice for Joey march occurred. Then a birthday remembrance. Last night, many attended a memorial marking Joey's passing.
"We're not giving up. It's not something that we want swept under the rug or anything like that," LaTeddra Gipson said. "We just want people to know that we're not stopping until we get justice."
"We got to stay in prayer, and I believe we gonna get some answers real quick here," White said.
Anyone with any information about the suspects in the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (936) 560-INFO.