BELTON, Mo. - It's been two-and-a-half weeks since Chad Donaldson was shot and killed in Belton. In those two weeks, his family's endured Christmas, New Year's Day, and now Chad's birthday without him. They're asking for help to find out who took his life.
"I keep replaying that morning, the police were knocking at the door at 2:15 and saying Chad's been shot," Jenny Donaldson said.
It was the morning of December 22nd. Jenny Donaldson was told her 36-year-old son, Chad had been shot, and she needed to get to the hospital immediately. After a long surgery, chad was dead.
"It wasn't 15 minutes later, code blue, and then they called us in, but he was already gone before they called us," Donaldson said.
Chad was last seen at a QuikTrip at 58 Highway and Interstate 49 in Belton around 10:30 p.m. on December 21st. Officers were then called to the area of Springdale Drive on reports of a shooting. That's where Chad was found.
Donaldson says the weeks since then have been the worst of her life.
"It's been really, really hellacious," she said. "Just really painful. Just the worst kind of grief I've ever felt, just hits in a wave and makes you feel paralyzed."
Wednesday would have been Chad's birthday; he would have been 37.
And in his honor, his friends and family are still throwing a party, to remember the man they say had no enemies, except for maybe the fish he was always trying to catch.
"There were about five kids in the neighborhood that he used to take fishing, and those kids are all having a hard time dealing with the loss too," Jenny said.
So for the many friends and family who loved him, Chad's mother pleads for answers.
"Please have mercy and let us know what you did if you're the one who did it, or if you know who did it. It just feels really important to us." she said. "We need some closure and we need to know who did this."
If you know anything about Chad's death, you're asked to call the tips hotline at (816) 474-TIPS or submit information online at www.KCcrimestoppers.com.
You can also text TIP452 plus your information to 274637 (CRIMES).
If you share information that leads to an arrest in the case, you could be awarded $2,000. All information is anonymous.