LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A corner of East Little Rock, off Springer Ave. is rarely lacking balloons.
Flowers and decorations hug a light pole to serve as a reminder.
“We want people to know that somebody cared about him. Somebody loved him,” Kayla Love, the victim’s sister said.
One year ago Tuesday, 17-year-old Chris Arnold was walking down the Springer Ave. sidewalk early in the morning.
His family says he was shot in the head and left in the street.
“He was identified from his school work. That was the only way they knew his real name,” Kayla said.
He was not robbed, though. His cell phone, bag and even new shoes were all still with him when he was found.
The family says the original detective on the case was placed on administrative leave last year, and feel this case is now in limbo.
“We were told this is an easy case to solve, he has leads and there’s a group of people who knows what happened to my brother,” British Love, another sister to Chris said.
British says they’ve heard the same thing for a year.
“What are those leads leading to?” she asked.
As this family awaits answers, they keep this corner stocked with memories.
“He was a loyal young man, and we still just don’t understand why him?”
While something evil and ugly happened there, they hope this bit of beauty will shine through the darkness.
“We just want justice for him. He was only 17 when his life was stolen from him. That’s all we’re asking for is justice.”
Little Rock Police detectives did reach out to the family later Tuesday saying they had more leads and they are working them.
We’re told while the original detective is on leave, the other investigators are following up, and can always use more tips. You can remain anonymous.