RCMP seek tips a year after man found murdered outside Halifax
Published Friday, September 14, 2018 12:21PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, September 14, 2018 8:57PM ADT
Jamie Sparks says he didn't know how he would make it through Friday.
It is the one-year anniversary of his son's death and his murder remains unsolved.
“Somebody knows something and we'd just like to get that information in and put it to rest so we can continue to move on remembering him,” said Jamie Sparks, the father of Josiah Sparks.
The body of 22-year-old Josiah Sparks was found outside his grandparents’ home on Cherry Brook Road just outside Dartmouth on Sept. 14, 2017. Police are renewing their calls for information.
“Sparks was reportedly at a house party between the 11th and 14th at a residence on the Cherry Brook Road, so someone out there has information that would be very important and helpful to our investigators to solve this crime,” said Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson. “We know someone out there knows what took place.” We’re really calling on them to do the right thing and come forward.”
As the family waits for someone to come forward, Sparks’ father, Jamie, says his faith is helping him heal.
“I believe his spirit is with us every day in every way,” Jamie Sparks said. “I truly do feel him with me, even now, and that gives me strength to go on.”
Sparks wants his son remembered as a fun-loving guy, who would do anything for anyone he cared about.
“He was a family guy - a community guy,” said Jamie Sparks. “He always wanted to help out people when they needed help and he would stick up for anybody if they needed defending, too.”
Police also want to talk to anyone who has information on Josiah Sparks' whereabouts between Monday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.
Sparks’ homicide has been added to the Nova Scotia Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which offers up to $150,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in certain cases.
The family is hoping another year doesn't pass without the answers they're looking for.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Suzette Belliveau.