The case of a Brooklyn man gunned down in his car execution-style last January remains unsolved, the New York Daily News reports.
Gerard Grant (pictured) and a friend were sitting in his car in the borough’s Ditmas Park neighborhood early January 18, 2014, when an unidentified gunman opened fire mere yards away, officers claim.
The bullets struck Grant—who was sitting in the driver’s seat—four times in the chest. They also hit the friend sitting in the front passenger seat in his spine, crippling him.
Officials declared Grant dead at the hospital. Now, almost a year to the day her son passed, Glenda Grant- Martin remains without answers.
“I’m hoping for closure. This is still up in the air. The killer is still walking the streets free. That’s the one thing that is just eating me away,” Grant-Martin said. Investigators have found no suspects in the murder.
Grant was one semester from graduating Kingsborough Community College. He was also an aspiring event promoter.
An anonymous law enforcement source said the case is more unusual because both victims had no priors.
“They’re both good guys. It’s not a typical shooting, this wasn’t a gang shooting, this wasn’t a drug shooting — at least that (police) are aware of. These guys didn’t have criminal records,” the source said.
Grant-Martin says she speaks with her son every day to cope.
“Every day I go in his room and sit and talk with him. This is just me trying to keep myself sane,” Grant-Martin, who lived with her son in Canarsie, added. “Friends of mine, they asked me how I do it. I say I don’t know; the one thing I can tell you is just keeping his memory alive.”
On Sunday, the official one year anniversary of his passing, the mother plans on gathering with family to remember Grant.
“We’re just gonna think of him, how he used to crack jokes, just go down memory lane,” she said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact the NYPD’s crime stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).