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EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The mother and family of 29-year-old John Robert Evans from East Stroudsburg, who was shot to death in Edwardsville over the weekend, made an emotional plea for justice.

The life of John Robert Evans ended violently in a parking lot of the Hill Top Apartments in Edwardsville, and his family wants his killer brought to justice.

“I’m not doing good at all. I’m very devastated and hurt. I just want him with me,” said Heather Evans, mother of the victim.

Evans cried as she held a photograph of her and her son John Robert Evans. She is surrounded by her family who say they are trying to come to grips with the murder of their loved one.

“John was an awesome person. He was loving, he loved art, he loved people. He was just a good person, a good heart. He had a good heart,” said Evans.

State troopers tell Eyewitness News Evans and 26-year-old Eli Quadree Smith were sitting in an SUV in a parking lot at Athens Hill Top Apartments when a man walked up to the vehicle, which was running, spoke briefly to Evans who was in the driver’s seat, then fired 12 shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Evans died at the scene. Smith suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say a party was taking place in an adjacent parking lot with about 60 people. They all fled the area before police arrived on scene. Evans’ mother appealed to anyone who might have been in the area that night.

“Please come forward if you have any information on what happened to my son, please come forward. Don’t be scared. Please just say something please. I’m begging you do the right thing. His life mattered,” said Evans.

“My brother was my twin. I love him so much. Please if you know anything please say something. I am lost without my brother. He was my keeper. Please say something,” said Kenya Evans, the victim’s sister.

The family tells Eyewitness News that Evans was visiting his brother who lives in Edwardsville. They say they have no idea why someone would want to kill him. Evans’ funeral will be held this Saturday in East Stroudsburg.

A $4,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the killer.

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