Murder Victim's Mother Pleads For Help

Cold Case Murder

By Tony Shin
|  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 6:55 AM PDT
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It's been exactly seven years since Jeff Ross was murdered. Now his mother is asking for the public's help to solve the crime. Tony Shin reports.

It's been exactly seven years since Jeff Ross was murdered. Now his mother is asking for the public's help to solve the crime. Tony Shin reports.

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For Christine Ross the start of the new year is always a painful reminder of who she lost on January 16, 2005. "Jeff was a very loving person,"said Ross. "He was everything to me."

Jeff Ross was Christine's first child and only son.  Exactly seven years ago this month his life was taken during a botched robbery.

It happened on Decker Street in El Cajon as Jeff, 25, walked with his girlfriend.  They were approached by two men, one of them armed with a rifle. 

"Not two seconds later out came a gun, my son took six shots,"said Ross.

Jeff was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The men ran off without taking anything from Jeff or his girlfriend.  The couple had about 800 dollars in cash.

"They took nothing from him, just took his life,"Ross said.

Family members said it's possible the killing was part of a gang initiation and that's why the suspects didn't steal anything.

The case has remained unsolved despite evidence found at the scene, including the shoes from one of the suspects.

"(Detectives) say they have partial DNA, and they have a lot of clues,"said Jeff's sister Amanda Preston. 

She also said there were several witnesses because the men committed other crimes that night, including shooting at a pregnant woman.

But so far, no one has been willing to give police the suspects names. 
         
Family members are hoping someone will understand their pain, and give
Jeff the justice he deserves.

"I've been to church and they say I can't go to heaven unless I forgive the people who killed my son, I can't forgive them until they're caught,"said Ross.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call the El Cajon Police Department's cold case unit.

Crimestoppers is also offering a thousand dollar reward for information leading to a conviction.

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