GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - This month, Karol Bolton would have finished her first year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where she was pursuing a nursing degree. Those milestones are constantly on the minds of those who loved her.
Karol's sister-in-law, Romeshia Johnson, said what makes things even worse is knowing that no one is being punished for taking those memories away from them.
"I still have her last text messages, her last videos from her dancing, stuff that she loved. I still have that, but for someone to erase that out my life," Johnson said with tears coming down her face.
Pictures, crosses and paintings of Karol hang around the house where she once lived and her family does not leave home without their Karol necklaces or t-shirts.
"I miss her," Karol's grandmother Annette Ludgood said. "I'm here at night by myself and I feel like I can hear her in here, the times at night when she would come home from work, and I'm constantly listening for her."
While those painful memories may never go away, Karol's family believes justice will help them heal.
"It would be so much easier to sleep at night," Johnson said. "We won't be better, because we won't have Karol, but we will have closure knowing that we got that person off the street. Because our baby is not here, but they are living their life day by day."
"Until someone pays for the crime, this isn't over," Karol's Brother Jonathan Bolton said. "We all want this just to be over. I want it to be over, my grandmother would like some closure."
Bolton was shot in the parking lot of O'Neal Road Apartments during a party on September 7th, she died about an hour and a half after being rushed to the hospital.
"This is a second chance for whoever - her friends, peers - to come forward," Johnson said. "The family is here if they feel like they can't talk to police, just meet us half way because we haven't left the middle of the street yet."
Gulfport Police Chief Deputy Chris Loposser said, "We take that very seriously. That is the greatest offense that anybody could ever commit in our cities, to take another one's life. We never take that lightly; we always look to get justice for the victim."
Loposser also said there were several people at the party when the crime occurred.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Gulfport Police or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at (877) 787-5898. You can also submit a tip online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=523&DSID=523 . Remember, you can remain can remain anonymous. And if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be paid a reward up to $1,000.