BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — For the last time, the family and friends of Trenton Way are speaking out to CBS 42, pleading for his killer to come forward on the one-year anniversary of his death.
Friday night, Way’s loved ones gathered at the gas station where he worked in Bessemer for a memorial. Way’s sister, Brittany Marshall told CBS 42 that the event was intended to be a celebration of Way’s life. “He touched a lot of people,” she said. “Just him and his big smile. So we’re just celebrating life, and hopefully this will be a burden off someone’s shoulders and they come forward.”
Way was shot to death around 1:30 am on December 16, 2015 while working behind the counter at a Kangaroo gas station in Bessemer. Police released surveillance videos and pictures of the suspect inside of the store, and are continuing to ask for the public’s help in identifying him.
Investigators describe the suspect as being a black male around 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a medium build. He was carrying a handgun and exited the store with a trash bag full of merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash. According to investigators, no one was inside of the store near the shooting–but there were potential witnesses nearby.
That’s a fact that has given Way’s family both hope and frustration. Marshall said that initially it looked like there was some progress with potential witnesses, but that it seemed to dry up. When asked why Marshall thinks no one has come forward with enough evidence to catch Way’s killer–she responded, “Probably fear. Scared–maybe of retaliation. But what can they do if they’re in jail?”
Although Marshall said that she and her family don’t plan to speak publicly again about her brother’s death, she said that they are still longing for that closure. “Not only for myself, but for my mom, grandmother, and aunt,” Marshall explained. “You know–they deserve it. They deserve to know who took their son, grandson, nephew. You know? We just want that closure.”