Columbia, South Carolina – It has been more than a year since the death of the 7-year-old Knowledge Simms who was fatally shot in Columbia home.
His family, friends and the local community are seeking answers from the authorities in regards to the case which hasn’t been solved yet.
“A loving, fun, energetic little boy,” recalls Knowledge’s mother, Dante Simms. “He had a whole life ahead of him. I just want to get justice for my baby.”
During the first Tre 3 Hurricanes Youth Football home game Saturday, balloons were released in honor of Knowledge who spent two years playing for the team.
“He would have been out here right now,” said Knowledge’s stepdad, David Liles. They would have been cheering his name, number four. ‘Get number 4!’ You know. I miss him. We’re going to keep his name alive no matter what.”
According to police reports, the unfortunate incident took place on April 29, 2020. Despite the fact that the local authorities claim that the case is under investigation, no arrests have been made so far.
The balloon release and speech made by Robert McCray IV, President of the Youth Football league aimed to bring attention to Knowledge’s case.
The team is also mourning the loss of player Trayveon Greene and Coach Bo.
“Every day I think about those guys. It’s not one day that passes that I don’t think about those guys,” said McCray.
The release took place during halftime right on the field, one of Knowledge’s favorite places.
“They’re watching over us,” said Coach Quinton Somerville. “They’re smiling down. We’ll keep their name alive, keep their legacy alive.”
Knowledge’s mother said that she is still looking for answers and she is thankful to the community for their support during all these times.
“It helps me, gives me the strength to go on day by day,” said Dante Simms. “Because without support and love and friends and family, I don’t know where I’d be at.”
On the beautiful, sunny Saturday morning as the balloons floated through blue skies, Knowledge’s presence was felt.
“I know he’s out there. The wind’s blowing, I feel him. He’s out here, you know,” said Liles.
If you have any information related to the murder of Knowledge Simms, you’re asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.