Family Still Looking for Answers in Leap Year Murder

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SACRAMENTO --

Four years after a Sacramento man was gunned down in his driveway,  homicide detectives have still made no arrests.

Now the victim's family is begging for witnesses to come forward on what has become a painful anniversary that only comes once every four years.

Now every four years there's a gathering at Saint Mary's Cemetery in South Sacramento, a tragic tradition for relatives of Antonio Jordan.

"My mom can barely walk, but yet we're sitting here close to the only thing we have. We don't have anything but a gravesite and a picture," said Maryann Gomez, Jordan's sister.

The 44-year-old father of one, with two grandchildren, was shot and killed in his driveway on Engleside Way in south Sacramento.

Sheriff's deputies never found any witnesses to the shooting.

"There may be somebody out there that knows something but don't want to say nothing," said Virginia Padilla, Jordan's aunt.

Gomez hopes someone will come forward with a tip for police, especially since her brother had such a great reputation among Sacramento's community.

"This one gentleman at the funeral said my car caught on fire and he helped pull my kids out of the car... And I'm just reaching out that there's people still out there that want to help him," Gomez said.

Jordan's mother has since been diagnosed with cancer.

Gomez said she was only given six months to live, but that was eight months ago. Padilla believes her sister's desire for answers in her son's death is what's keeping her going.

"Without closure we just can't get on with our lives," Padilla told FOX40.

The family hopes another Feb. 29 doesn't come before Jordan's killer is brought to justice.

"Today we are broken because today is the actual day. Our actual anniversary where they came and took him from us. So yes, this leap year, every leap year holds, will always hold our souls," Gomez said.

Gomez believes her brother may have been killed because of a case of mistaken identity, since she said a man with a similar vehicle was also shot at on that same street the same year.

Anyone with information on this case can anonymously contact the Sacramento Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.

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