|Updated: 9/27/2012 10:37 pm
||Published: 9/27/2012 10:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Friends and family gathered Thursday night to pay their respects and say goodbye to Akiya Egeston. The 29-year-old was gunned down at the EZ Mart she was working at during a robbery Saturday night.
Egeston’s loved ones are trying to stay strong for her two little boys who are now without a mother.
“We’re trying to keep them busy, trying to keep their minds off it,” says Maria Currie, Akiya’s mother. “I know somewhere down the line they’re going to want to know more questions. I just hope by that time they have these guys locked up.”
Thursday afternoon Rev. Benny Johnson with Stop the Violence, NLRPD, and local church leaders held a press conference asking for the public’s help catching the three men responsible for Egeston’s murder.
“The people who did this heinous act are sad, sorry, and don’t deserve to be in society,” said Johnson.
Police believe these men are also responsible for several other similar crimes around central Arkansas and police say it is just a matter of time before the killers are brought to justice.
“It’s such a senseless tragedy and so I think people are picking up the phone and now calling who wouldn’t normally call,” says Captain Mike Davis with the North Little Rock Police Department.
Justice won't bring back Egeston, but putting the perpetrators behind bars can help start to heal the family.
"We're going to do it together. No one is going to walk alone with this, we're going to all walk together,” said Akiya’s husband, Jonathan Egeston.
The family says Egeston’s body will be taken to Chicago for burial.
A $10,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest in this case.