Family of murdered Fresno man ask for public's help

FRESNO, Calif.

Hackett was stabbed to death outside the Westside Market in southwest Fresno back on November 16th.

Family and friends lit candles and placed them on the ground in his honor.

"He was a person that loved to dress. A person that loved to dance. And he loved kids. Ohh my god did he love kids." Doreen Hackett says her brother loved hanging out in the area.

This is a photo of him during his younger days. They describe him as a vibrant person until drugs took over his life. Maurice would eventually suffer a stroke.

"That's what we're looking for is accountability. And this is to the police and the community. "

Princess Ayers is Maurice's step-mother. She's asking anyone with information on his death to reach out to the authorities. "I mean a lot of crime could be solved if people were willing to step forward and really tell what they know to help the police out."

Doreen agrees and is pleading to neighbors to find her brother's killer. But says that can be hard in this part of town.

"What is it going to take for our black community to get together and start loving one another than all this hate that's going on. There's a lot of rage around here."

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