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Springfield police seek leads in shooting death from August.


It’s been two months since her brother was gunned down near a Springfield intersection, and Sydney Mollett still cries every morning in the shower and snuggles up to his old sweatshirt when she goes to sleep at night.

“I don’t know why he was murdered,” she said while tears stream down her face. “That was my baby brother.”

Schuyler Mollett, 21, was found shot to death near the intersection of North Limestone Street and Stanton Avenue on Aug. 6. Since then, police have been conducting interviews and following up leads but so far have not made any arrests.

“It’s an active investigation. We definitely haven’t give up by any means,” said Capt. Michael Hill.

For Mollett’s family, waiting for leads is agony.

“It’s one of the worst feelings anyone could ever go through, hoping to find something, hoping someone will say something,” Sydney Mollett said.

His cousin, Michelle Parker, wears shirts memorializing Schuyler. She said the past two months have been “numbing” knowing his killer is still on the loose.

“I know they can’t sleep at night,” she said. “I don’t know how they live an everyday life knowing they have a burden on their shoulders, that they took a life.”

Sydney Mollett said 600 people attended her brother’s funeral and signed the guestbook. On a utility pole near where Schuyler Mollett’s body was found, someone spray-painted a memorial. Flowers and candles have been placed nearby. She said he was a “country boy” and a loving person who didn’t deserve his fate.

“There is a hole in our hearts that can never be replaced,” Sydney Mollett said.

Police are asking anyone with information, or who was in the area that night, to call (937) 324-7716. Sydney Mollett said she can’t feel closure until someone is behind bars.

“Please turn yourself in,” she said. “If it was your loved one, you would want justice also.”


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