Lela Whitaker recalls the horror in November of 2009 when she heard her 21-year-old grandson was missing. “I thought I was going to stop breathing,” Whitaker says of hearing that Kevin Price didn’t come home that day.
Worry turned to fear which soon became a realization that wasn’t fact, at least not yet. “I knew Kevin was no longer with us,” she said.
But indeed, nearly a month later the young man’s body was found badly burned. Now almost two years later there’s been no suspect named, no arrest made and no finality to the hurt this family feels over his murder.
“It has been the worst two years of my life. It’s hard for me to talk about Kevin without crying,” she says.
They’ve put up billboards asking for answers, offered reward money, and now they drive around with a message for anyone to see.
“And I told Jeff (her son) I wanted to put a sticker on the back of my car, saying I wanted justice for Kevin,” she said of the sticker that she and other family members have in their rear windows.
In the almost two years since the murder, police have never released the cause of death, how he was killed. There are questions as to why it happened. But more than that, his grandmother says she wants to know what the killer had to gain from it.
“Has it been worth what they did to him?” she asks.
Price’s family has tremendous grief she wonders what the killer has felt. “What it’s been like reliving what they did to Kevin,” she said.
Because when people ask her about her grandchildren, “it’s very hard for me to say I’ve only got two grandsons, because one is gone” she said.
All the more reason why this family believes justice could heal some of those wounds.