‘You took my life as well’: Family looks for justice in shooting death of 3-year-old

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CLEVELAND-- A Cleveland family is looking for justice.  Local police and federal authorities hope a larger reward will convince someone to reveal the whereabouts of a drive-by shooting suspect, accused of killing three-year-old Major Howard.

Donnell Lindsey (Photo courtesy:  US Marshals Northern Ohio)

Donnell Lindsey (Photo courtesy: US Marshals Northern Ohio)

Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals announced the reward that leads to the capture of Donnell Lindsey, 22, has been increased to $5,000.

"We just wish this would come to an end. I mean, somebody knows where he is. It's like somebody taking your heart away," said the boy’s grandfather, Victor Freeman.

Victor and Lacondria Freeman said they will not rest until the man accused of killing their grandson is behind bars.

"My life hasn't been the same since Tuesday, September 15th, since it happened. It's like you took my life as well," said the boy’s grandmother.

Major Howard

Major Howard

U.S. Marshals hope the $5,000 reward will move someone to turn in Lindsey. Cleveland police said he is the suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting on East 113th Street. Three-year-old Major died after being caught in the crossfire; a 24-year old woman in the car with him was injured.

"I'm quite sure who's ever holding Mr. Lindsey or keeping him going that they have children and all I ask is for them to take a deep look on the inside and say 'hey, what if this was my kid?'" said Victor Freeman.

Freeman said he has previously tried to add to the reward, but with no luck.

"I actually offered my 2007 Harley Davidson, and no one even bought into that, so I guess the street cred about not snitchin’ is more valuable I guess," he said.

The Freemans said they believe the crime has also impacted Lindsey's family. Victor said the suspect's brother called him one Sunday morning. "He contacted me and he just said from his perspective and from his family's point of view that they were sorry; they didn't condone what happened," he said.

The family said they're not just leaving the search in the hands of police; they're passing out fliers across Northeast Ohio.

"We're walking door to door, to homes, apartment building," said Lacondria Freeman.

"We want justice, that's all," Freeman said.

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