OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro family of a man shot and killed in August is speaking out.
Family and friends of Joseph Martin have been visiting the place where he was shot to death August 22nd every day.
“He left behind a 10-year-old daughter who has to be without a father for the rest of her life,” Christy Martin, the victim’s mom, said.
Martin’s friends and family said they haven’t had a chance to grieve because they are so worried about the investigation.
Martin had been out of touch with his family since July 4th.
“He was a great person. He made bad choices but he deserves justice. He deserves, the people that did this to him, to be sentenced,” Carolann Hirsch, the victim’s sister, said.
During that time, Martin made a camp site near N.W. 10th and Eagle Lane Road, right near Lake Overholser.
Police say Martin was confronted by two men about some property, a bike and an air compressor, around 9 p.m. on August 22nd.
At one point, officials say one of the men pulled out a gun and shot Martin.
Martin died at the scene.
“Joe’s life mattered for a lot of people,”Maranda Walker, the victim’s friend, said.
Originally, the two men were arrested connected to the murder, but one of the suspects has since been released.
Gilbert Terrel is charged with first-degree murder.
Elijah Evans, who was arrested and released, is now considered a witness.
A local district attorney said there is no evidence connecting Evans to the homicide.
“All of us are in fear of what’s going to happen. Why is he getting off? He was present. He was at the scene of the crime when it took place,” Martin’s mother said.
The family just wants justice and for Martin to be remembered for his positive qualities.
“He would help anybody, he would give you the shirt off his back,” Christy Martin said.
“He was a jokester, he always played tricks,” said Hirsch. “I’m sad that I don’t have that anymore and I’m going to miss him a lot.”
If you know any information about this homicide you’re asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at (405) 297-1200.