Published: Nov 28, 2012 11:24 PM EST
Updated: Nov 28, 2012 11:34 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers Police have made an arrest in a 10-month old homicide case. Dietrich Wilcox faces a Second-Degree Murder charge for killing Travis Burton.

On February 1st, police responded to a shooting at 2500 block Pauldo Street. Burton was shot multiple times and died from his injuries. The news is bringing closure to the victim's family and the neighborhood where it happened.

"I just want to know why he killed my son," Robin Gray said. Wearing her son's name around her neck, Gary said news of Wednesday's arrest was a blessing. "I don't hate the {man} that killed my son," Gary said. "I don't want him to get the electric chair, but I want him to sit in prison, and the next person that comes in there that has killed somebody, he will learn from his mistake and be able to encourage them."

"It was February 1st, you lost your son, and I know you are going to remember that day," Sgt. Brian O'Reilly said. "You are also going to remember November 28th is the day we finally brought justice to you and your family."

O'reilly says the police are only as strong as the community allows them to be and they depend on those who know something to help them solve more cases.

After the February shooting, neighbors on Pauldo Street did not want to speak on-camera in fear of retaliation. That fear still remains, but those who were willing to talk say they're sleeping a little bit easier tonight.

"I'm ecstatic about it because that's one less criminal on the street," one woman said. "It lets us know that the police, they are working, because at one point, we didn't even feel that they care about us out here. I am just so proud of what they've been doing."

Another woman, who also lost a family member to violence, says justice can come when people speak up.

"My brother got killed and I am glad they got his killer too," she said. "It really needs to stop. The violence really needs to stop."

Councilman Johnny Streets says he appreciates the hard work of the police and hopes this arrest leads to more.  However, he says there are never any winners in these situations because closure for one family, is the beginning of sorrow and a prison sentence for another family.

Dietrich Wilcox is currently in custody at the Lee County Jail on federal charges for an unrelated offense.