JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - People in Jefferson Davis County are on edge as five recent murders remain unsolved.
Two of those murders happened back in December in the double shooting of childhood friends, Stephen Abram and Patrick Hartzog. Family members gathered to speak out about their quest to find justice for all five families who are hurting.
"He was sitting right here in a truck with the lights on," said Abram's father, Stephen Abram Sr. "I backed up, and pulled up on the side of it. That's when I saw my son slumped over with the blood on his face."
It's an image that haunts the father. He stood in front of a mobile home and relived the night he found his only son dead.
"It hurts, and they shot my son in his face on the right side of his face," said Alice Abram, Stephen's mother. "My life has been broken, my life has been broken because I lost my son December 16th to a murderer."
Family members said Stephen was gunned down in cold blood as he sat in this truck on White Rogers Road with his child hood friend, Patrick Hartzog.
"Patrick was our sunshine," said Patrick Hartzog's mother.
Both men were only 21-years-old and would have turned 22 in February. The families said they celebrated their children's birthdays at a grave site.
"Somebody say something. We want justice," the family cried.
Tonight, they ask anyone who heard those gunshots or know anything that could help law enforcement to come forward.
"This is a small community, however this is not the first time, and I'm pretty sure unless something changes, it wont be the last," said Shavondra McInnis. "I wanted to be an aunt to his future children. It's so much" McInnis said.
Three more murders happened in Jefferson Davis County after the double shooting, one in December and two in February.
The two families who are forced to bond during a time of tragedy want to stress the fact that they need justice, and closure.
"Jefferson Davis is known for not solving murders. It's nothing new," said.
The family wants the community to band together and say something if they know something.
"Put yourself in my position. If it was your son, how hard would you do this?" Stephen asked. "How hard would you investigate?"
All families are making a plea for justice.
We reached out to the sheriff's office for a comment to find out where they are with the investigation. They did not wish to talk on camera, but said the investigation is ongoing.
"Please, please come forward and tell what you know , think about it. If you know anything about this, it's wrong for you to hold the information," Alice said.
"We demand justice. We demand respect," Stephen said.