Family pleads for public's help to identify Rockledge man's killer

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ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - The family of a slain Rockledge father of two who was killed last year made a new plea Friday morning to find his killer.

Antonio Knight, 23, was shot and killed in November while driving to visit his grandmother.

Knight was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car.

During a news conference on Friday, Knight's father, mother and aunt described him as a loving son and father to a 1- and 2-year-old. 

He was also devoted to his grandmother and was headed to her home on Nov. 16 to take her to a hair appointment when shots rang out on Pinson Boulevard.

No suspects have been identified in the case, which was Rockledge's only homicide in 2012.

“Within a five-year window, we may have had five homicides,” said Micheal Cadore of the Rockledge Police Department. “Within the last calendar year, one. Personally, knowing the individual who came through youth sports, regardless of the life he may have been leading, a mother is grieving because she lost a loved one.”

Now, police and Knight's family are pleading for help in solving the crime.

“My son was a loving caring person. He's the only son I had,” said Knight’s mother, Pam Lanier.

“I watch things on the news all the time, and you never know how things happen,” said Knight’s aunt, Tori Jones. “But, when it hits home, no one understands until it hits your family, the pain that a family goes through. And right now, my family is going through a lot of pain.”

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Rockledge police or the CrimeLine at 800-423-TIPS.

“You can call police. You can call the tip line. You can call anybody. We need answers. We need closure. If you have a heart, please help us out,” said Jones.