In October 2002, Stockton man Aaron Vickers was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Now, 14 years later, his murder is still unsolved, but his family is holding onto hope for justice. They're hoping this story may prompt a new lead and for the case to be re-opened.
"My favorite part is how he starts it off with 'Yo! What's up dude. It's me. Yourself. From the past,'" said Deanetta Vickers, Aaron's mother.
She's talking about a letter Aaron wrote to his future self when he was in high school, one that spoke of his hopes and dreams. Aaron's teacher, via social media, found out that he had died just earlier this year and mailed it to them.
In the letter, Aaron dreams of a black man running for Vice-President, maybe even a woman.
"I don't know that I believe in coincidences,” said Tyra Vickers- Kearney, his sister. “I believe in God, Aaron's way or God's way, to let us know to continue to keep his legacy alive."
Oct. 4, 2002 not only marks the day Aaron died, but a day of new beginnings. That same night, Aaron's family found out his girlfriend was pregnant. It was news they think Aaron had planned on sharing with them earlier in the day. Aaron Junior is now 13-years-old.
"It was just a lot to take in. 14 years later I'm still absorbing all of this," Deanetta said.
Through photos all over their living room, visiting where he died every year, and his son, the Vickers are keeping Aaron's legacy alive.
They even have a box of mementos to give to Aaron Jr. when he is older. It includes things like the hat Aaron wore when he was killed still with a bullet wound, awards, work badges, even a parking ticket. That four page letter will now be added, perhaps the greatest treasure of them all.
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