A Kansas City mother is determined to help solve the murder of her son.
Charles Bates was murdered in broad daylight five years ago.
Today family members released balloons in his memory at Memorial Park Cemetery and pleaded with the public for answers.
Bates's mother says five years later - she's still hopeful witnesses will come forward.
"Charlie" was killed at the age of 24 in 2012 near 80th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.
Police spoke with several witnesses after the shooting. One person was even charged in connection with his death. But that person was eventually let go because the witnesses in this case weren't cooperating.
Tina Madge is asking anyone who saw her son's shooting to speak up before another year goes by.
"It's hard because you can't get no witnesses to come forward," said Madge. "And I don't want nobody else to go through this so I wish we can all come together and when we see something, let the police know to get these criminals and murderers off the street."
Madge says Charlie would have turned 29 this month. He leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.