Updated: 09/27/2013 7:15 PM
Created: 09/27/2013 1:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd
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Victoria Barber was just 15-years-old when her father, Victor Barber, was shot and killed in Rochester.
Victoria Barber said, “It hurts everyday.”
The pain is the same for Kandice Barber, Victor's mother.
Kandice Barber said, “Nobody ever knows what it is like to lose a child, your own child. I do know.”
It was Memorial Day weekend, 1998. The Barber Family was together at Kandice's home on Van Auker Street when shots rang out. Kandice saw the shooting from her kitchen window. What she didn't know was the man being gunned down was her son.
Kandice said, “Everything was just chaos.”
Victoria was not far away and heard the shots.
Victoria said, “I felt it that night at 10:15p.m. When those five shots rang out. I felt it in my stomach. I felt when he was gone. I knew instantly.”
Victoria says not a day goes by that she doesn't think about her dad.
Victoria said, “They say time heals all wounds, but I beg to differ. That pain is just as real now as it was then.”
Kandice said, “It's just like yesterday.”
Kandice can see the spot where her son was murdered from her apartment window. 15 years later, no arrests, no answers.
Victoria said, “I just hope that something comes to light for her(Kandice) if nobody else in her lifetime. She deserves to know what happened to her son.”
The family prays someone will see this story and remember that night, May 25, 1998 and come forward with answers. They also hope Saturday's Southwest Gun Buyback will keep other families from experiencing this kind of pain.
The Southwest Gun Buyback is Saturday at 342 Arnett Boulevard from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m. Gift and debit cards will be given in exchange for a gun. No questions asked.