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'We know who did it': Huntsville mother pleads for justice in son's shooting death

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Nearly eight years ago, Donna Howell lost her son, 16-year-old Larry Flaccamio, to gun violence in Huntsville.

The murder remains unsolved.

This year marks yet another holiday season that Howell is spending without her son.

It's a pain, she said, that never goes away.

"I just think about Christmas shopping and all the people that rush by," Donna Howell said with tears.

Howell said she thinks about her son every day, but this time of the year is especially hard.

"You go into a store shopping, and you pass something, and you say, 'Oh, if you were here, I would've bought you that, son,'" Howell said. "'If you were here, you'd have that, son.'"

Larry was Howell's only child. He was shot and killed in 2014, just a few days after Christmas. 

He was just down the street from his home.

To this day, no one has been arrested for the murder.

"We know who did it," Howell said. "The whole city knows who did it. The whole city knows who set it up, but you have to have evidence, and you have to have people come forward to speak."

That's Howell's plea: No more silence.

"You don't get over it, and when you don't have any justice, it's even harder, because you know that person that took your child's life is out there living a life, and your child can't," Howell said.

Since her son's death, Howell started a foundation in his name and created a garden in her front yard in his honor. She has photos of other murder victims in Huntsville outside of her home.

Most of the deaths are from 2014 or later.

"Every one of these kids' dreams and goals are gone now for no reason," Howell said.

Howell said it's important that none of them are forgotten.

She longs for the day when her son's killer won't be walking the streets anymore.

WAAY 31 reached out to Huntsville Police about the case, hoping to speak with an investigator, but was told no one is available until at least Monday.

Howell said she feels her son's case isn't getting enough attention.

If you have any information that can help law enforcement in their investigation, you're urged to call Huntsville Police at 256-722-7100.

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