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Father’s Day Marks 1 Year Anniversary Of Baltimore Dad’s Murder

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A heartbreaking Father’s Day for a Baltimore City family. They’re marking the anniversary of their father’s murder and pleading with the public to help them track down the killer.

Derek Valcourt talked to the family and has the latest on the case.

On this Father’s Day, the family of Daniel Payne, 55, is in a world of pain themselves.

“It’s hard for all of us to think that this is what we have to remember on Father’s Day,” said Joyce Brodie, widow. “Instead of a special occasion, we got to remember our loved one got killed on Father’s Day.”

Last year on Father’s Day, Payne was walking to the store to buy lottery tickets at 9 a.m. when someone shot him in the back in the 2500-block of Winchester Street.

Payne, who once served in the military, died in the hospital. The case is still unsolved.

“Somebody just took him just like that, for no apparent reason,” Brodie said.  “Whatever you wanted, why didn’t you just take what you wanted and then leave? You ain’t have to do all that. All that was unnecessary.”

Brodie wants justice for the murder of the man she loved for 28 years.

“Somebody saw something, whoever was with the person, whether it was two people or one person, I don’t know.  But maybe somebody might feel like they want to say something. Give us some leads. Drop us some crumbs. Give us anything. Right now we have nothing,” Brodie said.

Anyone with information on the case can remain anonymous and may even earn some reward money by texting or calling Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.

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