#UNSOLVED: Father of 3 shot to death on Christmas Day 2008

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The murder of a father of three shot to death on Christmas Day nearly a decade ago remains unsolved.

Montez Jones, 25, was shot to death on December 25, 2008.

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“He was the type a person where if you were dead broke, he’d give you his last dollar,” Montrel Jones said.

Montrel Jones said his older brother Montez was a protector.

“Growing up, you know, like we didn’t have it all,” Jones said. “My mom struggled. My brother helped take care of the house.”

Montez was also a father of three.

“That came first,” Jones said. “Well, God and then, his kids. Then, everything else fell in place.”

On December 25, 2008, everything fell apart.

“Officers responded to the 1300 block of Castle Street in regards to a shooting,” Lt. Kelvin Hargrove said.

It was around four in the afternoon. Jones said Montez was getting ready to celebrate Christmas with his kids right after he went to the store. Lt. Kelvin Hargrove with the Wilmington Police Department said it was just a few blocks away from Montez’s house.

“There was a black male that was seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt talking to the victim at the time. After the shots were heard, the suspect then ran off,” Hargrove said.

Jones says Montez ran towards his house where he fell to the ground before being rushed to the hospital. He died at the hospital.

“It hurt,” Jones said. “That was the first thing I could think was to ball up and cry. My second emotion was go get revenge and find out who did it.”

“I’m more than certain that there is someone out there that knows who this was,” Hargrove said. “In fact, the person who probably did it is probably right around the same neighborhood where it occurred at.”

That is something Montrel said he thinks about often.

“It’s hard for me to even be friends with people out here, because it’s like I could be dapping up with the person who killed my brother,” Jones said. “You’re waking up every day with a hole in your heart.”

Montrel knows revenge will not fill that hole, but he said justice could help.

“I know hate is a strong word, but I dislike you,” Jones said. “If you have any conscience or any God in your soul, just come forward. Give my family peace.”

In the meantime, police are looking for new information or witnesses that have yet to come forward.

“This happened on Christmas Day,” Hargrove said. “I’m pretty sure that there was people out there that saw something. If anyone who saw something even the smallest thing, contact us and let us know.”

If you know anything please contact Wilmington Police or use text-a-tip to remain completely anonymous.