Five days after 48-year-old Horsley Shorter Jr. was shot and killed in a store robbery, his family is still trying to cope, says his nephew Tshambe Blake.
"We are very crushed. Our lives have been on pause since Sunday. I don't know where our family is going to go from here," Blake said.
The man suspected of killing Shorter is still on the loose. Billboards are now peppered around Hillsborough and Pinellas County showing the suspect, 23-year-old Demetrius Parks. They were raised with the hope that someone knows where he is and calls Tampa police.
At 23, Parks is already considered a career criminal, with 37 felony charges and 25 misdemeanors.
Parks served three years in prison on a weapons charge and was just released in late March.
Hattie Shorter wants her son's accused killer caught.
"Yes I do. I hope they catch him cause he didn't have to do what he did," Shorter said.
The retired Army Veteran served our county for 26 years. He became the manager at a Family Dollar Store in Tampa after leaving his distinguished military career to take care of his aging mother four years ago.
His life came to an end after detectives say Parks killed Shorter while robbing the store on Sunday.
Older sister Annie Shorter just arrived from Georgia.
"I'm going to miss him because when I come, he's not going to be here to greet me at the door," Shorter said.
While the family is heartbroken, they remain vigilant about catching a killer who robbed them of a loving son, brother and uncle.
"You killed the wrong person. You took a leader of our community. Turn yourself in and face up for what you did," Blake said.
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