Loved ones hold memorial for cold case victim - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Loved ones hold memorial for cold case victim

© Loved ones release balloons for Randy Hockabout. © Loved ones release balloons for Randy Hockabout.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Loved ones of a Wilmington cold case victim gathered together at a small memorial Saturday afternoon.

Randy Hockabout's friends and family convened at Optimist Park, the same spot where the 30-year-old man was found brutally murdered 28 years ago.  They joined together in prayer and released 28 balloons in honor of the number of years Hockabout has been gone.

Police believe Hockabout may have been targeted because he was openly homosexual.  His killers were never found.  Saturday his family announced that they were forgiving the people who murdered Randy.  They only ask that those responsible turn themselves in.

Carrie Kassman, Hockabout's daughter, said she does not remember her father.  She was only 8 when he was murdered. 

"I have two kids who don't know who their grandfather is.  I don't know if he wants to be called papa or grandpa- I don't know those things," she explained.

She hopes honoring his memory now will lead to an arrest being made in the future. 

"I'm hoping more people will come forward with information even if it's as little as seeing his car that night or that day in a different location or around certain people," said Kassman.

If you have any information that could help police solve the case, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-531-9845. You can remain anonymous and you may get a reward of up to $5,000.

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