DETROIT (FOX 2) - "He said happy new year, mother. I said happy new year to you too, son, God bless. And that was the last time I heard from my son."
Lashondra Cade is fighting for justice after her son was shot to death on Detroit's east side. Someone took his life shortly after the new year.
Zonte Cade was reported missing on January 2 after he dropped his son off with a close friend, believing he would be running a quick errand. But hours had passed by with no word from him.
The 28-year-old's 2013 Buick Verano was spotted that same day in the 19000 block of Rowe Street at Pinewood on Detroit's east side.
"They found the car, running, keys in the ignition. Car door open. Bullet holes in the car. No body," Lashondra said. His body was found four days later in the same neighborhood, in an alley off Annott and Rowe.
Cade's mother says the way her son's body was discovered brings even more tragedy to his death.
"My son's body was found on the 6th of January. Not by DPD but some children that stumbled on his body."
"I'm upset. I'm angry. Because I don't know, only God knows if they would have found my son alive or not. We will never know because DPD did not do a thorough search. I'm angry, and I'm asking for justice with the person that done this to my son."
A 28-year-old man's life taken too soon leaving a mother without answers, and two young children without their father.
"He asked his mom last week last week, was his daddy still dead? So pretty much he thinks that his daddy is pretty much out of town or someplace."
We reached out to DPD looking for more answers with the investigation and the search for Cade's body. We have not heard back yet.
Meanwhile, a $2,500 cash reward for information leading to an arrest is being offered in this case.
The number to call is 1-800-SPEAK-UP. You will remain anonymous.
"Whoever did this didn't have to and I'm asking for justice for my son. Not only for me, but for my grandchildren."