A tearful plea tonight from the family of Walter Frazier, a man killed by gunfire in a Montgomery neighborhood Wednesday night. They want the gunman behind bars and are telling only CBS 8 what they believe led to murder on Upchurch Circle.
"He just had a birthday," said Tamika Johnson, with tears in her eyes. She is the sister of Walter Frazier.
An entire family mourns for Frazier, a 41-year-old father of four.
"They didn't have to shoot him. They didn't have to shoot him," said Johnson.
Frazier was shot multiple times Wednesday evening, while the seemingly quiet neighborhood on Upchurch Circle watched in horror.
"I had a restless night, the most restless night I've had in a long time, to see a young man die right before your eyes," said neighbor and witness, Wille Mae Cole.
Right here, where now only flowers remain and a family is left heartbroken.
"I love him too much. He taught me a whole lot of things and I love him. He died too soon," said his son, Tyrus Stokes.
Stokes is just one of Frazier's four sons who is now without a father. The youngest, they say, is a seven year old, who was there Wednesday night.
"He was just going over to visit his son," said Johnson.
That visit was cut short when the family says an argument between Frazier and the boyfriend of his son's mother turned deadly.
"This time her boyfriend came out and they got into an argument and he just pulled a gun out and started shooting," said Shamera Moore, also Frazier's sister, "Walter tried to turn away and run and he was still shooting while he was trying to run away. He took like three to four steps and then he just fell."
"He tried to defend his father because he tried to hit the man and it just broke my heart," said Cole.
While dealing with unimaginable pain,
"I've been on this street for a long time and to see this happen among our young, it breaks your heart because it destroys families," said Cole.
They're still looking for answers.
"Why my dad? Why?" asked one of Frazier's sons.
"He was my dad and I love him. If you find him, I want you to lock him up and throw away the keys," said son, Tyrus Stokes.
Montgomery Police say they have a suspect they believe to be the shooter, but for now are not naming that person.
This was Montgomery's 18th homicide of the year.