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HOUSTON -- 2012 began with a tragedy and is ending without answers for one local mother. Now she's hoping the holiday will spark someone's memory.

It's been that way for nearly a year since Mari Nunez lost her son and only child to a hit and run driver.

Gerardo Nunez was killed on January 1, 2012. The 31-year-old became Houston's first homicide of the year.

I want to keep sleeping so that way I can be with him all the time, said Mari Nunez. I'm still waiting for him to walk in and I realize that everything was just a dream.

Nunez was seen around 1:15 a.m. on New Year's Day shopping at a corner store in southwest Houston. He grabbed a couple of household items and then began to walk to the home he shared with his mom.

Witnesses told authorities the striking vehicle made a U-turn, pulled up next to the victim and then drove away. Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information in the case, but so far no one has been arrested.

As one year comes to a close, there s still no closure for this grieving mother.

I just want the person to come forward and admit what he did, said Nunez.

Authorities said the vehicle was a dark Cadillac sedan. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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