Family members of an Athens man shot dead last week are pleading for an arrest in his murder. Loved ones say Tyler Womack was murdered while doing a good deed.
"We're all broken, we're broken up we're confused," said Tyler's mother, Melanie Smith.
That's how a mother feels when she has to bury her 20-year-old son.
"He never got married, he never had any children, now we have to live with this," said Smith.
The Army veteran and McMinn County High School graduate was murdered last Friday.
Investigators say Tyler Womack was gunned down outside his neighbor's house. His mother says he was there helping his grandmother when he was shot dead.
"He was going to air up her tire on her car, at the neighbor's house," said Smith.
His grandmother heard the gunshot and rushed to find the 20-year-old dead.
The family doesn't know who pulled the trigger, but they believe more than one person is involved, and they want everyone responsible to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
"I just want life to be taken away from them. You don't get to have a family anymore," said Smith.
Thursday, deputies told us even though no one has been charged; they do have a few persons of interest in this case.
And we found out Tyler Womack has no prior criminal history that could possibly link him to this fatal shooting.
For his youngest sister, Danielle, it's been rough knowing that her brother will never again be at the dinner table.
"I can't call him anymore, and he want be able to come to my house anymore," said Danielle Smith.
But the family is trying to have hope, despite this tragedy.
"The only thing I can hold on to now is faith in the Lord," said Melanie Smith.
Any information you have to help deputies, you're asked to call the McMinn County Sheriff's Office.
By Jerry Askin