Family Holds Vigil for 5-Year Anniversary of Jim Bowerman's Murder

The vigil took place near the entrance of Aventura Mall Sunday afternoon.

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    Family and friends gathered for the five-year anniversary of Jim Bowerman's murder Sunday afternoon near the entrance to Aventura Mall. NBC6's Betty Yu spoke with family members Joanne Lose and Julie Meloni, and friend Andrew Barrick about the case.

    Family and friends gathered for the five-year anniversary of Jim Bowerman's murder Sunday afternoon near the entrance to Aventura Mall.

    The 27-year-old North Miami man was found stabbed to death in his apartment on April 11, 2008 and investigators are still working to solve the case.

    "I want justice for my son," said Joanne Lose, Bowerman's mother. "He didn't deserve to die, he sure as heck didn't deserve to be murdered, he didn't deserve to suffer."

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    Bowerman's family flew from Michigan for the anniverary and held up posters with his photo on them that read, "Who killed Jim Bowerman?" in the hopes that they might jog someone's memory.

    "Someone knows something, somewhere," said Julie Meloni, Bowerman's sister.

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    She said the family is still baffled by the crime.

    "It's painful," Lose said. "I want to know who, I want to know why."

    Police said there was no forced entry, no sign of robbery and still no motive in the crime.

    "They can't find anybody who had issues with him," Meloni said.

    His mother said it wasn't in Bowerman's nature to make enemies.

    "Everybody liked Jim," she said. "He was the sweetest guy."

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    Bowerman had moved to South Florida for the weather and the beach. He worked at the Aventura Chili's with Andrew Barrick, one of the last people to see him alive.

    "I saw him earlier in the week," Barrick said. "We went out for a drink after work and then another coworker came in and told us about it. We were very somber about it for quite a while."

    The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers with tips at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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