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Family prays for closure 2 years after murder and no arrests

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SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

Family and friends of Darrell Epps still have questions that go unanswered two years later. Frustration has been building as they all search for closure.

"He was a very loving, caring person, a family person," said Epps' fiancee Krystle Skinner. "Loved his kids; would do anything for anybody; loved being with friends and family. He was a good person."

Skinner lost Epps in April 2011.  

"It's still hard but we're making it," she said. "We just want to have some justice."

Sumter County investigators said the 26-year-old was gunned down and his body was left between two vacant trailers in a mobile home park of Highway 378.

That is where family and friends gathered for a candlelit vigil Wednesday night. For two years, what happened to Epps has been a mystery.

"I'm just hoping that someone comes forward and tell what they know or saw," said Skinner. "If anybody saw anything, please come forward."

 Investigator Jennifer Thomas with Sumter County said new evidence has come in and there are several persons of interest but no suspects.

"Information is coming in," said Thomas. "There are a lot of people that have not been talked to that we're still reaching out and talking with. A lot of people are coming from out of town to come and give statements to help out in this investigation. There's also DNA that's still in the process of being analyzed."

While new details may be coming to light, there are still road blocks keeping them from solving this case.

"Uncooperative citizens and rumors that are untrue and throw us off," said Thomas.

At the vigil, the family pleaded for public cooperation. Without it, the family fears they will never have closure: something Skinner wants for Epps' two young sons Ladarius and Darrell Jr.

"I just tell them their father loved them," said Skinner. "I show them pictures and never let them forget about him."

If you have any information that can help in this case, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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