GREENSBORO, N.C. — A family is searching for closure after losing a loved one to a brutal beating.
It's been nine years since 28-year-old Warren Portis of Winston-Salem was killed in downtown Greensboro.
"He was one of the sweetest people you will ever want to meet. Down to earth. If you needed someone to help you, he was right there beside you," said Kim Huling, Portis's cousin.
Police said Portis was walking on Friendly Avenue near Commerce Street by the Federal Courthouse with an acquaintance before three men attacked them around 2:30 a.m. on March 16, 2014.
"Whatever they hit him with from the back to his skull, he got brain dead," said Crystal Able, Portis's mother.
Greensboro police released a video where they said witnesses in a dark minivan saw the suspects pulling away in a sedan.
EMS took Portis to the hospital, where he later died. Nine years later, Greensboro police said no arrests have been made.
"We want answers. We want justice," said Huling.
His mother tells News 2 one thing that gets her through is knowing her son was an organ donor. Two of the recipients wrote her a letter expressing their gratitude.
"To know that a piece of him is still living with someone else so I know God took him for a reason," said Able.
His mother hopes to meet the organ donor recipients someday.
If you or anyone you know have information leading to the arrest of the three men, please call the Greensboro CrimeStoppers at 336-373-1000. You can also download the mobile P3tips app to submit a mobile tip, or go to P3tips.com to submit a web tip. Earn a cash reward of up to $5,000 for helping law enforcement solve this case!
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