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Shooter in 'senseless' murder asked to step forward

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(WMC-TV) - Two people were shot, one of whom died. Now, investigators believe Albert Spencer Jr. was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire of a unknown shooter who remains on the loose.

"He will always live on in my heart," said Viola Turner, who clutched the program from her son's funeral.

Chunky cheeks as an infant earned him the nickname "Pooh", after Winnie the Pooh. For Albert Spencer Jr., it stuck into adulthood.

Turner describes him as wise, loving, and outgoing. He was studying to be a pediatric nurse and was engaged to be married.

"It's been very hard for me as a mom. To look at all the dreams that my son had and see that he will never get a chance to live out his dreams," said Turner.

On the balcony of an apartment building on January 12, Spencer was shot twice in the head.

Police say he was not the intended target.

With no brain activity, he spent three days on life support at The MED before his family made the decision to let him rest in peace.

"He was a part of us. And he's gone now. And we can't rest, we can't sleep," said his aunt, Josephine Speed.

Speed has been left to wonder for the past two months about this unsolved case.

"I just want to know why, why, why you can take a child's life like that and you can go home, and you can go to bed, and go to sleep, and wake up everyday, and go down the street like nothing happened," she said.

Speed and Turner said they have forgiven whoever pulled the trigger.

"But I ask you to come forth so it can bring closure to the family, so we can have peace," said Turner. "Because that was my son. I birthed him. I gave him life. And it's just not fair for my son to be suddenly taken away."

Memphis police describe this case as senseless. It is their crime of the week. If you can help solve it, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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