PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Three years too long. It's been 3 years since the death of a 26-year-old Valley man police say was killed for his backpack.
These are the final moments of Matthew Groves’ life. “He came through here riding his skateboard, the camera shows him disappear," said his mother Katherine Kirkconnell.
Kirkconnell shared surveillance video from that night, showing Groves entering a walkway near the Purple Turtle Sports bar off Indian School Road and 51st Avenue.
“We see this kid go over there where my son was and run very quickly with his backpack,” said Kirkconnell.
Phoenix police said there was a brief struggle, which happened out of view of the camera. Groves was shot and killed, and the suspect is still on the loose.
“I believe there are several people out there that are very scared and know what happened," said Kirkconnell.
But even in death, Matthew’s memory lives on. “My son was loved,” said Kirkconnell.
Groves’ organs helped save the lives of 5 people. Recently the heart recipient reached out to Katherine. “He had a wife and they just had a newborn baby girl and my son’s heart became available, so when he wrote me he expressed his gratitude,” said Kirkconnell.
The family has hired a private investigator to look into Groves' death, after an initial arrest lead nowhere. There’s currently a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. "If they knew my son I think they’d be out there tenfold looking until they found this person,” said Kirkconnell.
If you have any information, please call investigator Kelley Townsend at 480-251-7373. You can also contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.