Norfolk family still looking for closure after father of 6 killed in drive-by shooting

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 17:29:13-05

NORFOLK, Va. - It's been one year since Tiajuanna Waites said goodbye to her cousin Wykemma Baker, who she remembers as a loyal family man.

"He pretty much wrote his own eulogy, because he lived his life,” Waites said, describing Baker. “There wasn't a bad thing anyone can say about 'KeeKee.'"

Baker was 40 years old when he was killed in a drive-by shooting on January 3, 2020. To this day, Waites and her family still want to know why someone had to take Baker’s life.

"Somebody knows something,” Waites said. “We know that, but this is what people do -- they don't say anything, they don't want to talk."

Baker left behind six children, as well as family and friends.

"We're left here watching his kids grow without him,” Waites said. “It's really hard."

She hopes the shooter comes forward.

"You did the cowardly thing already, so do the manly thing,” Waites said. “Man up, open your mouth and say something."

The shooting happened on I-64 between Norview Avenue and Military Highway. Waites said state police investigators have been in constant contact with them. In fact, the family heard from them yesterday.

"They did say they have strong leads on it, they're working on it,” Waites said. “They keep me in the loop all the time."

Virginia State Police said they were looking for a white vehicle at the time, and today told News 3 they are still investigating,

Meanwhile, Waites said she is still optimistic for closure.

"It's been a slow process but I know we're going to get a victory out of this,” she said. “I know it, I feel it. I'm not giving up."