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Grieving sister speaks out in brother's unsolved murder

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Of the 42 homicides in Minneapolis in 2012, thirty percent remain unsolved, and a woman who is still seeking justice in her brother's death spoke to FOX 9 News about how she wants the community to help.

When Demarko Robinson was shot and killed on Aug. 1, a piece of Danielle Robinson's heart and soul was stolen.

"My brother left behind three kids," she said.

He was killed on the 3600 block of Girard Avenue North, and two men he was with were injured but survived.

"To this day, nobody really knows what happened besides the people that [were] with him, and they're not talking," said Kesha Taylor, the victim's stepmother.

Months later, the family is still grieving -- and hoping someone will finally speak out.

"They say they're his friends or family, but if you really want to honor him, you'll tell the truth," said Jasmine Taylor. "You won't just sit there and drink your sorrows away."

Demarko's death is just one of the 13 homicides detectives have not yet been able to solve, and relatives say all those families deserve answers so the mourning can end and healing can begin.

"It's been pretty hard, you know?" Danielle Robinson said. "Sleepless nights."

Robinson said she won't rest in her quest for answers, and is urging the youth in her community to break the cycle of silence.

"The street circle, the rules need to be broken because if you're gone and no one talks, the cycle is going to continue," she said.

She also has a message for anyone with information.

"Do it for him and his family. He will be with you no matter what or how tough things may get, and I will too -- to back you up 100 percent," she said. "No matter how ugly things may get, I beg you. Please."

Anyone with information on Demarko Robinson's death is urged to contact 612-692-TIPS.

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