Family mourns loss of son on one year anniversary of death

By WEEK Producer

August 11, 2012 Updated Aug 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria family is mourned the loss of their son Saturday, one year after his death.

Saturday marked the first anniversary of the shooting that killed 8 year-old Albert Billups-Wilson. The Peoria boy was hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting on Behrends Road one year ago.

He was asleep in his bed. Family and friends walked from McClure street to the house where Billups-Wilson was killed. They carried signs and released balloons at their old home in his memory.

Police have arrested no suspects. Family and friends are urging the shooter to come forward.

"Maybe if we get out and do things like were doing today. Then somebody will say when they get the urge to do something like this. They'll say no. They'll look back at this family and see the pain they are putting on this family," said Alma Billups, Albert's grandmother.

"He took a persons life away. He could have been a president, a doctor, or a teacher," said Jennie Billups, Albert's Aunt.

Family and friends walked back to McClure street to remember with a cookout.

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