By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
It was almost two years ago that a teenage boy was gunned down on Flint's north side, and now police are asking for residents' help.
They're looking to solve the murder of 16-year-old Jalen Cox 21 months after it happened.
On Thursday, Jalen's father and four brothers joined Crime Stoppers of Genesee County to make a plea to anyone who might have information.
For the past two years the family of Jalen has been trying to figure out why their son was gunned down. He was only 16 years old. Thursday afternoon there was an emotional plea by the family to get some answers."
"I find myself overexhausting myself thinking about it, not even sleeping at night, tossing and turning," said Eric Cox, Jalen's father.
The father said he has had a hard time trying to grip the reality of his son being murdered.
On Sept. 16, 2012 at the corner of Home and Glenn Avenue, Jalen was on his way home from his aunt's when he was shot and killed.
"Seventeen years we've been there and no problem with anybody, up until this incident here," Eric Cox said.
Jalen would have graduated from Flint Northwestern this month. He played summer league football and wanted to be a comedian when he grew up, but his family remembers him most as being a family man.
He and his brothers, along with their father, all got tattoos on their arms in remembrance of their mother who died from breast cancer in 2008.
"Jalen was an energetic young man who was full of life," said Tyra Poe, Jalen's aunt.
His life was robbed from him back on that September day and now his family is asking for help to give their son the justice he deserves.
"It would take a load off of me to just get a sense of relief to who done it. You know, for me it would be a big relief," Eric Cox said.
If anyone has any information about the murder of Jalen Cox, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500. A person can remain completely anonymous by calling 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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