Police don't have any suspects or lead in the murder of 34-year-old Tommy Bardney, but community leaders aren't waiting on police, they are reaching out themselves and trying use this loss as an opportunity to change the culture of violence hurting the community.
Community leaders and friends of 34-year-old Tommy Bardney are asking for justice on a rainy Saturday afternoon in north Minneapolis for his young children and wife Rosie.
Tommy was gunned down in a drive-by shooting last Tuesday, just steps from his home on the 1000 block of Humboldt avenue.
He and his wife were sitting in his car, talking about hopes and dreams for the future.
"He looked at me and laid his head back and closed his eyes," Rosie said.
Tommy was no angel, he has a rap sheet going back to 2001. His family says he was taking online college classes and was ready to turn his life around.
"He protected me," daughter Sylvana Bardney said.
The Saturday vigil is a remembrance, but also another opportunity for this north Minneapolis community to work with one another openly and honestly to prevent more violence.
Rosie says her husband will always be remembered as someone who took responsibility for his past and wanted to make things right for the future.
Tommy was originally from Mississippi. The family can't afford the trip to have the burial there. The Minneapolis chapter of Mad Dads is taking donations on behalf of the family.
The issue in these cases is that no one wants to step forward and reveal the perpetrator. However, that mentality needs to change because it could get in the way of cases being solved and a brighter future for the community.
Mad Dads website: http://maddads.com/