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Family Seeking Justice 2 Years After Man, 26, Killed in Drive-by Shooting

"I hate this stupid code of silence. I hate it. Because if that happened to your family, you would want somebody to say something."

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    Family Seeks Justice 2 Years After Son's Murder

    New evidence emerges in the 2014 homicide of Jacoby Plummer, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles outside of his home. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Published Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016)

    Two years after the death of their son, a family is seeking justice as new evidence emerges in the homicide of 26-year-old Jacoby Plummer, who was killed in drive-by shooting outside of his home in South Los Angeles.

    On May 10, 2014, Plummer was just outside of his home on East 116th Street near Avalon when a white sedan drove by and a person in the passenger seat started firing at him, according to detectives.

    Crime scene photos showed Jacoby's body lying on the driveway.

    "I called home and I said, 'Granny, please tell me my brother is breathing. Please tell me he's breathing,'" said Jacoby's sister Raishawn Watson. "And she said, 'I can't tell you that.'"

    Newly-uncovered surveillance footage shows a white sedan police believe the shooter may have been in, in addition to another vehicle following suit -- leading investigators and family to believe that there were a number of people who know what happened that night.

    Det. Gerardo Vejar of the Los Angeles Police Department South Bureau Criminal Gang Homicide Division said witnesses have not come forward because there may have been gang-related motivation behind the shooting.

    Revel Plummer, Jacoby's father, said his son was not a gang member and the killers targeted the wrong person.

    "I guess they figured because of the neighborhood, and they were feuding with the Bloods and the Crips, so if he lived over here, I guess they figured, well, we'll just get him anyway," Revel Plummer said. "Just to get him off the streets."

    Chris Burleson was Jacoby's best friend, and they grew up in the same neighborhood.

    "Wherever you grew up at, they tie you to that neighborhood so I feel like it was senseless," he said.

    Watson said it's as though their own neighbors have turned their backs on the family.

    "I hate this stupid code of silence," she said. "I hate it. Because if that happened to your family, you would want somebody to say something."

    Jacoby's family wants justice and believes the killer might still be out there.

    "And they're walking around living their life," Watson said. "And I have to go to the cemetery. That's the worst feeling in the world. I have to go and talk to my brother through a slab of marble. That's the worst feeling in the world."

    A $50,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Division at 213-485-4341. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers or by calling 800-222-8477.

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