BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Buffalo mother says she has given up on police to find the man who murdered her son.
She has turned to 2 On Your side to share her story about fighting for justice.
In 2006, 23-year-old Neval Fonville was murdered while sitting in a vehicle outside a home in the 200 block of Watson Street.
Fonville's homicide is still unsolved.
"I just want to tell you I love you, he said I love you too ma. And we hung up and within three hours he was murdered," said Fonville's mother Jaqueline Croom.
Flowers still mark the spot where Fonville was killed nearly 13 years ago.
The initial Buffalo Police report states that just after midnight on June 4, Fonville was shot three times in the torso while sitting in a car on Watson street.
He was driven to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.
"When I get to the hospital I wasn't even there a minute and they said he's gone and I said gone where? I can remember backing up and then falling down," said Croom.
The police report gives little information about evidence recovered at the scene.
Croom says she is giving up on police to find whoever is responsible.
"They never called back, they haven't called back to the day, not that month, I'm talking to the day. I called and I called," she said.
2006 was a deadly year in Buffalo. Buffalo Police responded to more than 60 homicides.
"The police I couldn't really blame them because it was so overwhelming. When they got one Friday. There was one Saturday. When they came Saturday, there was another that Thursday," she said. "It was terrible."
Croom says every time she heard about another murder in the city, the pain came back all over again.
"Every child became mine, every hurt, every mother went through became mine," she said.
Croom joined the PEACE organization. It stands for Parents Encouraging Accountability and Closure for Everyone. It is an advocacy group for victims of violence.
Croom shares her son's story every chance she gets.
"As a mother, the pain is like a hole that never closes knowing that my son's murderer is still out there."
She hopes someone will come forward with information about what happened that night.
"There is some DNA out there," she said.
If you have any information about Neval Fonville's murder, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers Buffalo at 716-867-6161.