Investigators stumped in student's killing

HOUSTON As you can imagine, Joshua McMackle's parents are devastated, and investigators say they are frustrated. Right now, they're still looking for answers. They believe there are people who knew what happened the night McMackle was shot and killed.

Joshua McMackle was gunned down early Saturday morning at an off-campus party near Texas Southern University. Since then investigators have been looking for clues and suspects. They have named Khiry McCullum a person of interest. They believe he at least knows some information.

But investigators believe McCullum's not the only one. They say a number of people were at the party and saw what happened. Investigators wish those people would come forward.

McMackle's parents say they are desperate for the public's help.

"He should have been free to make his own choices and be his own person," said Joshua's mother Tracy McMackle. "He was not in a gang. It's not gang related. If anything, he was just loyal to his friends."

The family also told Eyewitness News that McMackle wanted to a future in the music industry. He planned on spending a year at TSU and then wanted to transfer to Virginia to be near other family members. But they say he never had that opportunity.

Investigators are hoping somebody will call them with information. All tips to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS can remain anonymous.

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