“It's been a year, and it feels like yesterday,” said Paul Cason’s daughter, Paula Woodard.

It happened a year ago at the Shell gas station on South Floyd and West St. Catherine streets.

Cason, 74, was stabbed while buying lottery tickets.

“He was a very loving man, very loving, who went above and beyond for everybody,” Woodard said.

Police say it was completely unprovoked.

“When I got the phone call, I stopped everything I was doing and ran out of my house, because I didn’t understand what was going on,” Cason’s granddaughter, April Cason said.

“If he would have asked him for anything, he would have given it to him. He didn't have to kill him,” Woodard said.

Cason died at University Hospital after being stabbed one time.

One year later, Cason's growing family gathered to release balloons in his honor. They were white, because his family calls him an angel.

“I miss his smile. I miss his personality. He was my best friend,” Woodard said.

Now, Cason's family is fighting for justice. Charles Richardson is charged with the crime. He has a pretrial hearing set for Friday.

Police say he Richardson left the scene on a red mountain bike.

The family says they have one message: Paul Cason always taught forgiveness.

"We will never forget, but we were raised to forgive,:" Woodard said. "So yes, it is very hard to face him in the courtroom. It's painful. I get nauseated every time I walk in."

Richardson is charged with murder, robbery and possession of a handgun. 

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