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'Please speak up' Killeen mom still searching for answers one year after son's murder

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 19:15:24-05

KILLEEN, TX — A Killeen mom is demanding answers regarding her son's murder after a year in the dark.

Stephanie Busby says her son, Matthew Busby, was shot in the 4100 block of Stan Schulter Loop on December 28, 2019.

He died at a local hospital three days later.

Busby says she has had little to no communication with Killeen PD regarding her son's case.

She says she has the same questions she had a year ago, but there’s one thing she knows for sure.

“I love my son miss him dearly every day. I never imagined that once he walked out that door at 9:27 that he will not walk back in my house on the 28th. You know the saying is that a parent is supposed to go first not your child and it's sad that my child went before me,” said Busby.

It's been another trip around the sun, another hour and second Stephanie Busby has spent without her son.

She remembers every painful detail of her son's last moments.

“To see your child in the condition that he was I would never wish that on no mom in this world," Busby said.

Busby tells 25 News she’s had minimal communication with the detective on Matthew's case. She says since her son closed his eyes, she’s constantly been told there are no updates.

“You know when you reach out to the police department either they don’t answer the phones or when the do answer and say 'well we don’t have nothing yet' well how can that be because that was 2019,” said Busby.

A spokesman with KPD tells 25 News that they are still talking with people who had contact with Matthew the night of the incident, and there is evidence that is still being processed through the DPS Crime Lab.

Busby says all she can do now is stay strong in her faith and hope someone comes forward.

“Whoever did this, even though I know this wasn’t meant for my son because I know in my heart it wasn’t as a mom, I'm begging all of Killeen to help me to get justice. Please speak up,” said Busby.

Police say there is no evidence to indicate that this shooting was gang related or that Matthew was affiliated with any gang activity.

They also say it's unknown if Mr. Busby was or was not the intended target.

His mother says she will continue fighting to bring awareness surrounding her son's case and continue keeping his memory alive.

This Thursday would have been his 21st birthday.

KPD also tells 25 news that they are continuing to investigate this case and are still attempting to interview anyone who attended a party with Mr. Busby before the shooting.

If you or someone you know has any information regarding this case, you are urged to call KPD or submit your tip through Bell County Crime Stoppers.