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Family Searching for Son's Killer

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A military family is pleading for information in the death of a 25-year-old man gunned down while driving at Perkins and I-240.

Police think the shooter was driving alongside Jerod Lewis when he was shot behind the wheel. But so far there are no significant leads in the case.

The Lewis' are not only grieving the sudden loss of their son, they are desperate for information. Everyday they don't know what happened near this intersection at Perkins and American Way, is another day of pain.

At 25, with his own son, a home, a business band the title of Petty Officer in the Naval Reserve, the parents of Jerod Lewis were proud.

"Really, really proud of him. Happy he actually listened to the things we shared with him throughout his life as far as making things happen for himself," says his mother, Joann Lewis.

Joann, a member of the army national guard and father Darrell, a retired Navy Chief, won't get see just how far their son's accomplishments would actually take him.

"I'm so broken up. I have nightmares every night, thinking about what could have happened. It doesn't make sense," says Darrell.

Jerod was shot and killed August 3 while driving northbound down Perkins. His family can't think of any reason someone would come after him.

"My son made everyone feel special. Everyone thought they were his best friend. All my sisters thought they were his favorite Aunt. All his cousins thought they were his favorite cousin. It was just the way he made people feel," his mother remembers.

According to police, a passerby going the other direction around 11:30 that night saw Jerod's car rolling slowly on the overpass at Perkins and I-240. They say with the windows down, and no one visible behind the wheel, the passerby ran to the car, found Jerod had been shot, and managed to put the car in park.

His father thinks, "It could have been mistaken identity. I have heard there's another car just like his out there. So maybe that other person got into it with somebody and they thought it was him."

Now, three weeks later and with only guesses as to what may have happened to go on, Joann and Darrell Lewis want information. They're hoping by going public with their son's shooting, they'll get the lead they need.

"I need someone to come forward and say they saw something," says Joann.

Jerod's parents say he'd just left his Aunt's house near Airways and Lamar. They say he would have been taking Perkins to access the interstate going east, either to go home or to meet friends.    

Anyone with information that can help, call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH or MPD's Homicide Bureau at 636-3300.

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