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Family searches for clues in security guard's murder

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Jeffrey Bellemare (Source: CBS 5 News) Jeffrey Bellemare (Source: CBS 5 News)
Saturday night's vigil. (Source: CBS 5 News) Saturday night's vigil. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Kathryn Velotta, Bellemare's sister-in-law (Source: CBS 5 News) Kathryn Velotta, Bellemare's sister-in-law (Source: CBS 5 News)
Jeffrey Bellemare (Source: CBS 5 News) Jeffrey Bellemare (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Flowers and notes have piled up at a growing memorial for Jeffrey Bellemare, 59, who was shot and killed early Friday morning while on duty as a security guard at a Maryvale apartment complex.

Bellemare's son, Kyle said his family are searching for justice.

"We're praying that they can catch these guys," Bellemare said. "We're praying that anyone could give some information they might have."

His father, a retired carpenter, was patrolling the Graybriar apartments on Maryvale Parkway when he was gunned down early Friday morning.

Since then, the high-crime neighborhood has come together, inspired by what Bellemare accomplished as a security guard.

"We're overwhelmed with love and support for our family," Bellemare's sister-in-law, Kathryn Velotta said.

The memorial at the Graybriar apartment complex continues to grow. Children who wrote notes for Jeffrey have their work taped to a cross and flowers decorate the area where Bellemare was gunned down.

Bellemare's family said they are touched by the amount of community support, but without a suspected killer behind bars, their mission is incomplete.

"If anyone knows anything, even a little will help," Kyle Bellemare said.

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Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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