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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Juanita Green says it keeps her up at night. Even eight years later, she wants to know who killed her brother, Ike Chivers, and why?
On the eighth anniversary of his murder, Green and other family members gathered in the alleyway near 44th and Market Streets to hang a sign with Chivers' name. The gathering was meant to remember him, but also call attention to the fact his murder remains an unsolved case.
"He was my best friend. Anything he felt, I felt. We had each other's back. No matter what," said Green."I just want to know why, why did he do it."
Green says she's been pondering that same question for years. Chivers, 34, was found gunned down in an alleyway in the Shawnee neighborhood on January 20, 2005. Family members say he was walking down the alley not far from where he had been staying with his girlfriend when he was shot.
"I think about it everyday, everyday when I wake up, every day before I go to sleep. I wish someone would just open up if they know any information," Green said.
William Taylor, who described himself as a father-figure to Chivers, told reporters he too wonders who committeed the crime.
"He wasn't a blood relative of mine, but I raised the boy since he was two when I met his mother. So he felt like a son to me," Taylor said.
Family members say at one time they heard the person responsible had been arrested on unrelated charges. But now they're not so sure. A call placed to a homicide detective was not immediately returned before news time.
"I blame myself. Maybe if I had been here it wouldn't have happened, maybe it would. Maybe I would've been the one," said Taylor.
Green said: "I'm not upset about it. At first I was, but as the years went by. I look at it like this... he's still with me."
Green was especially close to her brother, they share the same birthday seven years apart. After his death, she created a scrapbook. But there's still a piece missing. The part where she's able to close the chapter after an arrest or a confession is made.
"If you was a big enough person to kill my brother could you please be a big enough person to come forward and do your time," said Green.
Chivers' murder case is one of 19 unsolved murder cases from 2005.