(WJBK) - The family of Justin Williams is letting off something different in the sky this Fourth of July. This Independence Day, his loved ones released balloons in his honor, as they remember him and still hold on to hope for justice.
Five years ago, Justin was shot and killed at Diack Park on Detroit's west side. He and his sister were there to see the fireworks.
"On this particular day, his job actually sked him if he wanted to work overtime," his mother, Constance Williams, explains. "And he said, 'No, I promised my little sister I'd take her to the fireworks but if you have an opportunity tomorrow I'm more than happy to work.'"
But tomorrow never came. Justin died that night at an area hospital.
His mother vividly remembers what the doctor told her that night.
"He told me that they had done everything they could do to save my son's life, but he didn't make it."
Five years later, no one has been arrested for Justin's murder.
"We've been going through this for five years - five years too long," says his father, Robert Levy.
Andre Glover was at Diack Park that fateful night
"I just remember I was over there. I just remember a lot of commotion and just hearing shooting," says Andre Glover, who was at the park that night. "I don't know exactly what happened but I saw the commotion and I heard the shots."
"Justin was the type of person that if trouble was going on, he was going the other way," says Constance.
"I am just truthfully glad that he was in my life for the time that I had him," says his grandmother, Mary Williams.
"I miss his voice. I miss his smile. He'd always say, 'Mom, what are you cooking for dinner?'" she remembers, smiling. "I really miss that."
If you have any information about what happened to Justin, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.