Family makes emotional plea to find sons killer

FRESNO, Calif.

An Action News reporter spoke with Icen Gumbs Sr. who is a local army soldier back for the holidays. Instead of celebrating Christmas he's having to deal with the loss of his son.

Family members describe 25-year-old Icen Gumbs Jr. as a gentle, kind and soft-spoken person who loved to help people.

"There wasn't anything that he wouldn't do for anyone as a child growing up at 6 years old, 10 years old. 14, 16, 18, into his 20's. Nothing he wouldn't do for anyone," Icen Gumbs Sr. said.

Fresno Police found the dead bodies of Icen Gumbs Jr. and James Brown inside of an apartment Wednesday night in southeast Fresno.

Investigators aren't saying if this case is gang or tagging crew related but Gumbs Sr. claims his son had just visited Brown when the shooting took place.

"He was there a very short time. He just stepped into the wrong place at the wrong time and bad decisions were made and as a result of that I'm paying, my family's paying the ultimate price in the loss of our son."

Gumbs Sr. admits his son had a somewhat troublesome past -- but also says Jr. was making the necessary changes to turn his life around.

This photo taken back on December first shows the two together. Little did they know -- this would be the last time they would see each other.

Gumbs Sr. remembers a phone conversation he had with his son just one day before he was killed.

"You know dad I can't wait to see you and then at the end of each conversation or even in the middle of the conversation he was always quick to point say dad I love you. Or dad I'm just calling to hear your voice and to see who you're doing and I love you dad."

Funeral services for Icen Gumbs Jr. is expected to take place next Thursday in Fresno. He leaves behind four young children who will now stay with their mother and other family members.

"It won't settle much but to get the person that did that to my brother and my family would be the ultimate goal right now," Aji Gumbs said.

If you have any information on this case you're urged to contact Fresno Police. There is a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

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