LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A WINK News exclusive. Thursday marks one year since a salesman was shot dead as he went door to door in Cape Coral. On the anniversary of Nick Rainey's death, his family says life hasn't been the same since, and they want justice.
Comforting hugs from friends does little to dull Louise Pirigyi's pain a year after her son Nick Rainey died.
"It's getting worse. Today is probably the worst day I've ever had. Because it's the anniversary of his death. And I still can't believe it's true."
She keeps his ashes close by her side every day, and a picture serves as a memory of a man who loved fishing and his job as a door to door meat salesman. "All I want is for justice to be served that's all I'm asking. Justice for my sons life," she said.
The 30 year old's life was cut short July 25th, 2012, when police say Kenneth Roop shot him twice: once in the shoulder, and once in the head.
Nick, who worked for Blue Ribbon Steak and Seafood, had walked onto Roop's property to sell goods. Michael Schnatter was Nick's boss and can't believe it has already been a year.
"Everybody kept calling up and saying I can't believe this happened. The guy is such a nice guy, he's so polite," he said.
Nick's brother Chad continues to work for Schnatter's company as a door to door salesman.
He, too, wants to keep the memory of his brother alive. "My only blood brother I had. Nick pretty much raised me. Anytime I needed something he was there for me," Rainey said.
"Its been total hell. Its been total hell from day after day. We'll never forget what happened," said Louise.
According to reports, Roop told officers he shot Rainey because he trespassed on his property.Roop's trial for murder is set for August 27th.
Friday, WINK-TV is sitting down with Roop's attorney for his client's side of the story.