It's a sweltering August afternoon, but in their grief, the heart of one Stockton family is stuck back on a crisp April night in Lathrop when their relative, Amir Muhammad Jr., lost his life.
"Why? Why did you do it? Was it satisfaction for you? Was it? I mean..." Muhammad's niece Denisha Foster questioned before dissolving into tears while sitting on her mother's lap.
The still unknown "you" in this case is the biggest part of what tortures Muhammad's loved ones. The 26-year-old was shot near the Valero gas station pumps in front of Two Guys Food and Liquor just before 4:30 p.m. on April 15.
He then drove west and hit a delivery truck leaving Interstate 5 from the southbound off-ramp. Paramedics who rushed to the scene were unable to save him, and since the killing, investigators haven't been able to put the cuffs on the gunman responsible.
At the time, Muhammad was returning from taking a cousin to work, stopping off at an unusual place to get gas, according to family.
"That was the last time I seen him, when he walked out that door," said Mieisha Warren, the victim's aunt. "And then to hear about how he got killed? That hurts more than anything, because it's like, why? Whoever did it, you guys waited till he turned his back."
She added, "We just want somebody to speak up. ... We just want justice for my nephew."
This family says they also want better treatment from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's department. They claim deputies discouraged them from speaking to the media in their effort to find Muhammad's killer months ago.
They feel little is being done in their loved one's case, which is why they're now going public.
"You guys should have been on top of the investigation since you guys said that was the only homicide in Lathrop. You guys should have been really investigating it," Warren said.
FOX40 reached out to deputies for a status update on this homicide, but did not get a response back Friday night.
As far as any suggestion that Muhammad may have been killed because of some criminal behavior of his own?
"He was a big ol' teddy bear if you knew him. God, he was someone you could sit there and talk to. There was no gang or drug or none of that," Warren said.
And for the guilty party, all they want is accountability.
"I don't hate who done it. I'm praying," Mendez said. "I said, 'Lord, all I'm asking you is to get them to say 'Forgive me.' I don't want to see them get the death penalty, none of that. But, yes, they took a life."