Family gathers to remember slain family member and to plea for killer to be found



ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando family has waited years for a killer to be brought to justice and they said they are not giving up hope that it will happen.
Tony Johnson Jr. was slain six years ago. On Friday Channel 9's Mario Boone talked with his family, as they gathered to remember Johnson and pray that justice will eventually come.
Johnson would have turned 31 Friday, if someone hadn't killed the father of three in May 2008.
To mark the day relatives wrote messages on 31 balloons and then released them into the sky.
Family members made a plea for witnesses to come forward and tell police what they know about Johnson's death.
"I think somebody knows something - not one just one person, a few people," said Erica Nelson, Johnson's sister.
The family hopes to draw as much attention as possible to the cold case. They are placing Crimeline fliers on cars around town in hopes of drumming up leads.
"It hurts every day not to be able to see him, to talk to him," said Nelson.
Nelson said she is not only upset that witnesses haven't come forward, but she is also not happy with how Orlando police are handling the investigation.
"I do think there is much more that can be done," said Nelson.
Orlando Police Department officials told Boone that in the last several months detectives traveled to south Florida to conduct interviews with people who may have knowledge of the case.
"They could at least let us know. We're still working on the case. We don't have any new evidence. We're still working," said Nelson.
Nelson said the family won't rest until they get justice for their loved one.
Police said they are committed to finding answers in Johnson's slaying, but so far they have no leads in the case.