KUSA - Pariss Davis was just 16 years old when he was gunned down at 2 a.m. on March 29, 1998. The key to solving his case could be learning more about why he was walking alone in the middle of the night.
A neighbor called 911 after hearing a shot, a scream and the squeal of tires. Once detectives arrived, they found nearly no evidence that could help their investigation.
"We had no witnesses," said Denver Det. Bruce Gibbs, who was assigned this cold case investigation.
Gibbs only has a vague description of the car involved: a dark-colored sedan. Davis was shot one time and died at the hospital. He has been dead nearly 16 years, nearly as long as his entire life.
His family is heartbroken about their loss.
"He liked to play jokes on me," the victim's mom Brendalyn Allen remembered.
"He was just fun," Pariss' sister Danyell Wilson said. "Everybody loved him. Everybody knew Pariss. He was a ladies' man. All the girls knew him."
According to Pariss' family, he attended a cousin's birthday party the night before he was killed. When he returned home, he got a message on his pager. Pariss' relatives believe the message was from a girl, and they believe Pariss left the house intending to meet her. They say they do not know the girl's name.
Denver homicide detectives say the investigators originally assigned to the case did try to get call records for the pager, but they were unsuccessful.
Pariss' family wonders if the pager message was a setup, a ruse to get the teen to leave the house and walk alone.
"How much hatred, how much jealousy can you have for a 16 year old kid?" Pariss' dad Bennie Davis asked.
"What you have taken from us is irreplaceable," Wilson said. "I would like for you to come forward and do what's right."
If you have information about this murder or another unsolved crime, call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
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