Family remembers life of Albert Billups

By Alyssa Donovan

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Sunday marks two years since 8-year-old Albert Billups Wilson was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Peoria's East Bluff.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the murder.

Sunday afternoon family and friends walked to 1031 East Behrends Avenue where young Albert lost his life two years ago.

The 8 year old was asleep in his bed when someone in a car fired shots into the home.

Jenny Billups said she will never forget hearing the news of her nephew's death.

"I got a phone call and they said my nephew was shot in the head with an AK and I said what is the world coming to,” said Jenny Billups, Albert’s great aunt.

She will never stop wondering about his bright future.

"He could've been a doctor, a lawyer, a police officer, anybody but his life was taken short," said Jenny Billups. “It hurts and I feel like there's no justice.”

Family members had an emotional breakdown as they walked up to the house.

Albert's grandmother, Alma Billups, organized the walk in his honor. She said not a day goes by that she doesn't think about him.

"I think about this baby everyday” said Alma Billups. “Everyday that God gives me another blessing is a day I think about that baby."

The victim's cousin, Tyrone Wren, said the family just wants closure and to feel safe knowing the killer is off the streets.

"It was my cousin whose life got taken, but it could've been my son, it could've been anybody's son”, said Tyrone Wren. “These are our future. We don't want to lose another one to the same thing."

Family members said until the person responsible for Albert's death is brought to justice, every August 11 they will make the walk down Behrend Avenue to the home where the young boy lost his life.

"If we just sit back and keep our mouth shut then this person just might get away, but we want to let him know that this baby was loved and this baby is very, very missed," said Alma Billups.

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