Shane Breedlove’s mom ‘hasn’t given up yet’

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The calendar has rolled around July 19 four times since Shane Breedlove died. In 2015, a son, a father, a friend, and a talented musician was gunned down walking to work in Evansville.

“When I dwell on it, I think about how long that’s been and wonder sometimes how I’ve been able to make it each day.”

Carol Cleveland hasn’t gotten any closer to justice for her son. Police still haven’t solved his murder.

It doesn’t mean Carol won’t keep begging for an answer and holding on to hope his killer will have a day in court. How can you put into words so many days of grief?

“Four years is a long time.”

The scene on Washington Ave. on July 19, 2015.

Disbelief overwhelms her on this painful anniversary. Breedlove took his last breath near the corner of Washington and Thompson Avenues, heading toward KC’s Timeout Lounge where he played music.

Carol still meets with detectives, waiting for someone to shine a new light on his case. Investigators can’t share much, but she says it feels good to talk.

“Momma hasn’t given up yet.”

It’s hard for her to accept someone — or some people — got away with murder.

“I honestly don’t think I could go forward if I didn’t believe in my heart, that their day is coming,” she said.

Shane Breedlove performing

This painful day is made a little easier, flipping through Facebook. Shane’s friends still miss him dearly. Their posts brought Carol to tears more than anything.

The Shane Breedlove Foundation concert is scheduled for August 24 at the Henderson County fairgrounds.

Money raised will be poured into music scholarships for Henderson High School students.

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This story was originally published on July 19, 2019

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