Unsolved: Portsmouth drive-by murder

Posted at 11:48 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 23:48:01-05

Portsmouth, Va. --- For more than a year, Monica Atkins has tried to hold it together as she waits for the answer to the question: Who killed her son Antonio?

"I need someone to lift me up because guess what, I'm mentally drained," Atkins said. "I just want answers. I need closure."

Monica was fast asleep early in the morning of December 5, 2014, when her daughter woke her up to tell her Antonio was killed in a drive-by shooting along Effingham Street. His girlfriend was also shot, but survived. His older brother wasn't hurt.

"I took my time," said Atkins. "I just prayed." Those prayers now hoping someone will come forward to make the break in the case. "I don't understand why nobody would come forward. I don't understand."

To help cope, Atkins organized a dinner for the parents of other victims this Saturday. "We're trying to bring parents together," said Atkins. "It's group therapy."

Anyone who can help this mom get answers is asked to call Crime Line 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.