Police search for gunman a year after married father of 2 killed

Police say they know who they're looking for in a search for a suspect who killed a married father of two, weeks before his college graduation.

One year later, his family waits for justice while police search for the killer of 42-year-old Donnie Simmons. 

Simmons, who was married for 15 years and the father of two, was shot in the head. There has never been an arrest.

"We were together so long, it is hard to wake up knowing that he won't be there anymore," said Monique Simmons, his wife. "My kids don't have a father, my mother-in-law lost her son, my brother and sister-in-law lost their brother. 

"And this guy is still out there living his life. It is so hard."

Monique said that her husband and a friend went to pick up a man from a party store on Schoolcraft between 10 and 11 p.m.. April 25, 2014. 

Store security video shows the suspect, Paris Smith, inside before the incident. There is a warrant out for his arrest. 

It is believed there was an argument at Fenkell and Burgess. That was when Smith shot Donnie to death and also shot the passenger in the backseat, wounding him. He survived.

Donnie died less than a month of graduating from Wayne County Community College. He dreamed of walking on stage to get his degree, but his wife had to go on stage for him.

"If he hurt my husband and was that calculating, he can hurt somebody else," Monique said.

A $3,500 reward is being offered in the case. Anyone with information should call Detroit police at (313) 596-5300.
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