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One year later, Jeffery Holland's family still hoping for justice

Posted at 9:49 PM, Aug 25, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- A year to the day after he was killed, Jeffrey Holland Jr.’s family gathered at the site of his death Friday to remember him, and to pray for justice.

Holland, 25, had just met up with a friend near the intersection of 25th and Station streets when a gunshot rang out. The bullet struck Holland in the head, killing him.

Neither Holland nor his family knew at the time that he was about to become a father.

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On Friday, Holland’s family – including his 6-month-old son, Carter – gathered near where he died with balloons and candles. For his father, Jeffery Holland Sr., the event was as much about his grandson as his son.

“We just came out because we want justice,” Holland Sr. said. “For Carter at least we want justice so I can tell Carter his daddy’s story. So I can tell him somebody at least paid for his daddy’s murder. So we just want justice.”

Police have yet to make an arrest in Holland’s murder, although his family said IMPD detectives are still working on the case. His mother, Michelle Phillips, told RTV6 in April she wants people who have information in her son’s death to come forward.

"They need to come forward,” Phillips said. “My son would still be here if they hadn't called him. And if they would not have been out there robbing and doing other people dirty, the guy wouldn't be there shooting. I mean, my son lost his life for nothing, and now I'm thinking nobody's going to have to pay for it. It's like … he's gone, and there's no justice, no nothing."

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Your call may remain anonymous.

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Jordan Fischer is RTV6's senior digital reporter covering crime and the underlying issues that cause it. Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter at @Jordan_RTV6.