ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. - On Monday morning, almost a year after 26-year-old C.J. Simpson was gunned down, his family makes a desperate plea for someone to come forward with information.
“To wake up on Christmas Eve, and get a phone call that your loved one is no longer with you, is the toughest thing I've ever experienced in my life,” said C.J.’s father, Calvin Simpson.
Since then, the investigation has been ongoing, but there still have been no arrests made. Last year, Rockingham County deputies say Simpson answered a knock at the door. When he opened the door - someone shot him in the chest.
“It hurts all the time. But it's more awful when you know it's around the holiday, the actual time when he got murdered,” Simpson said.
Calvin Simpson says not a day goes by when he doesn't think about his late son.
“Christmas is a time of joy and giving. But with that incident that happened, there's just no way… It will take time, I don't know when it'll ever be the same,” he said.
The 26-year-old was killed on Christmas Eve 2016. Almost 12 months later, Rockingham County detectives say, if someone knows something - it's time to come forward. They say there is a tendency for people with information to keep quiet.
“Please come forward,” said Jackie Simpson, C.J.’s mother, “Because C.J. was our only child. So, if anyone has any information that could arrest this person, and get this person off the street, because God knows I don't want any other family to have to go through what we're going through now.”
Monday, deputies and family members passed out flyers in CJ's old neighborhood and to cars passing by.
“He was a cheerful, outgoing, music-loving, beautiful person,” said Calvin Simpson.
While C.J.’s parents know nothing can bring back their son, they hope information and an arrest would mean justice, and peace.
Rockingham County CrimeStoppers is offering up to one thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest in this case. The family is also offering a separate ten thousand dollar reward.
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