It’s been a long eight years for the Brewer family.
Robin Brewer explained how she received a call in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2011, asking her and her husband to come to the Statesville Police Department.
They would later find out their son had been fatally shot.
“It doesn’t get easier,” she said Thursday. “My faith’s gotten stronger, but my heart’s still broken.”
Joey Brewer, 30, was shot three times in the chest Sept. 12, 2011, the Statesville Police Department reported.
The shooting occurred at Myrtle Place Apartments on West End Avenue, where Brewer went that night to meet someone who owed him money, reports at the time indicated.
Officers responding to a report of shots fired found him in the passenger seat of his Chevrolet pickup. He later died at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
Andrea Price, Joey’s sister, said that she tries to push out the thought of her brother for most of the year, but every September it comes back.
“You just kind of relive it every year,” she said. “You’re kind of just counting down the minutes.”
And with September comes the reminder that Joey’s death largely remains unanswered. The Brewers said they‘re still in close contact with police, but have yet to see an arrest be made in connection with their son’s death.
The SPD did not immediately respond to request for information on the case.
“It’s just been devastating,” Tony Brewer said. “It’s been a hard eight years and we still don’t have closure. They (police) say they’re getting closer, two days it happened we thought there was going to be an arrest. That never happened.”
In the pursuit of answers, the Brewers have raised $40,000 in reward money for anyone offering information that leads to an arrest and conviction. The Office of the Governor is adding another $5,000 to that, and Iredell County Crime Stoppers can give a reward of up to $1,000 as well.
And even with $46,000 sitting on the table, Tony Brewer said he’s not even sure what justice will really look like.
He mentioned the family may not be ready for an arrest and a trial since it will be like reliving their son’s death all over again.
For this year’s anniversary, the Brewers are holding off on their annual golf tournament fundraiser in honor of Joey’s death, citing recent health issues with a relative.
They’re planning on a smaller gathering at his grave instead, and might do a balloon release.
But there has been some growth in the shadow of their loss.
“It’s made our marriage stronger (and) our faith stronger,” Tony Brewer said. “But we still want justice.”
He said the family has been much more active in the church since Joey’s death, and that everyone is grateful for their support they’ve seen from the community.
Robin Brewer said that if there are any answers that are going to come from someone involved, it will be on God’s time. She mentioned that she’s lost family members before, but nothing touches the pain of having a child murdered.
“I know one day they’ll stand before God,” she said. “Does it mean I give up on Earth? No. I’ll fight it with my last breath.”
Anyone with information about this case can call the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.
Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to reveal their identity or testify in court and a reward of up to $1,000 is possible.