In the summer of 2005, Brian Daniel Thomas called his mother from the sands of Myrtle Beach, S.C. It was 2:30 in the morning.
Thomas, 24, just wanted to tell Linda Quattlebaum how happy he was there under the stars.
Thomas appeared to have turned his life around in the previous year since the family moved from some bad influences at Riggs Place in Northeast Washington, Quattlebaum said. He had started dating a nice girl who was helping him stay straight. The couple were together on the beach.
"It's so pretty," Thomas told his mother. "Can you hear the water?"
"That's where you should be," his mother replied.
Several days later, Aug. 25, 2005, his mother received another 2 a.m. call, this time from a friend of Thomas. Her son had been shot in his old neighborhood. He was dead.
Thomas is one of thousands of cold cases in the capital region, and D.C. police say someone has information about what happened that night in the 700 block of Oglethorpe Street NE. Investigators are asking for information that can help bring closure to his family.
The night of the killing, Thomas, or Q as he was known, and his girlfriend had gone to give his mother a gift, a blouse he had bought at the beach. He told his mother he had to visit a friend back in his old neighborhood, against his mother's wishes.
"He was no angel, but no one had the right to take his life," she said. "It has destroyed my family to the utmost."
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.
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