Since this decisive day in 2016, Christmas has never been like this for Karab Lukit’s family. During many family gatherings and celebrations, his relatives were forced to plan his funeral.
Calab’s mother Jennifer Schwartz (Jennifer Schwartz) and his aunt Nancy Byrd (Nancy Byrd) are CNAs who work hard for their families. That year was no exception. They work 16 hours a day. In order to make money during the holidays, they work on Christmas Day. The plan is for their family to celebrate together later this week. But they never had a chance.
Nancy said to Dateline: “Every year, we can alleviate the heartache.”
Calab Luckett, who lived in Evansville, Indiana, was shot and killed on Christmas Day at Parkside Terrace (now known as Woodland Park Apartments) on Sunburst Boulevard He was only 18 years old.
Nancy told Dateline that her nephew had been visiting friends in the complex that weekend because his mother would work. On Christmas Eve, Karabu and his mother were talking on the phone and discussing their holiday plans for later that week. This is the last time she talked to her son.
“She has been completely injured…it hasn’t been the same since that day,” Nancy said tearfully. “We both felt guilty for work that day. But we are not rich. We struggle every day. Therefore, we hope that money will give our family a Christmas they deserve.”
Nancy told Dateline that both of their families had struggled financially for many years. Every child who graduated from high school has the hope of becoming a child who goes to college, finds a good job and helps his family get rid of poverty. Karabu is one of them.
Nancy said: “He finished high school early and plans to go to college.” “He has gone through struggles and problems, but he knows he wants to create a better life for himself. For his family.”
But the day after Christmas, Karabu’s family received a call, which interrupted their lives.
Nancy said to Dateline, “His mother received a call from a friend who lives there.” “The body was found in one of the vacant apartments. This friend believes it may be Karab.”
Calab’s mother rushed to the scene and finally identified the 18-year-old son’s body through tattoos.
Detective Kyle Campbell of the Evansville Police Department told Dateline that Calab was shot and killed in a vacant apartment on December 25. The next day, a maintenance worker found his body.
“My nephew lay there bleeding and stayed alone for hours,” Nancy said tearfully. “We don’t know why he was there or who attracted him, but he shouldn’t die like that.”
Detective Campbell told Dateline that he didn’t know why Karab was in the vacant apartment, or whether Karab knew his killer.
An autopsy conducted by the Vanderbilt County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Karab died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was convicted of homicide.
For many years, researchers have been tracking many tricks and clues, but there is no information pointing to the person who triggered the trigger.
Since then, the detective has responded to the scene and became the chief investigator of the Karabu case. The case was then briefly transferred to another detective, and finally reassigned to Detective Campbell about a year and a half ago. He hopes that he can solve the Karabu case and bring associations for his family.
“I have talked with Caleb’s family, and I see them with heartache to this day,” Det said. Campbell told Dateline. “Christmas is difficult for them. At about this time of the year, people contact their families to provide information or the latest rumors about the death of Caleb that they have heard. Usually, it is nothing new, but again and again. The same old story is told over and over again. These people have good meanings and think they are helping, but they can’t see how this actually hurts the family and amplifies their grief.”
Detective Campbell told Dateline that he is tracking new leads in the case, but since the investigation is open and active, he will not elaborate on the details. But he added that if anyone is forced to share information about Caleb’s death, he asks them to share it with law enforcement.
“My heart salutes Caleb’s family and friends,” Det. Campbell said. “I can’t imagine how they feel and what they have to go through. I hope to catch Caleb’s killer, but I realize this is not something I can do alone. I need help from the community. Someone knows what happened on Christmas Day The truth about it. We just need to talk.”
Karabu’s family continued to maintain close contact with Det. Campbell also hopes that new insights into the case will eventually bring them to a close.
Nancy created Justice for Calab Luckett, the organization shared Calab’s memories and photos on Facebook, while begging for tips and information to help organize the weekend schedule.
“Since Christmas four years ago, this has been a downward spiral,” Karabu’s aunt Nancy told Dateline. His mother resigned after her death. I serve her in every corner, but all I can do is sympathize. I can’t really feel her pain. not like this. ”
Nancy told Dateline that every Christmas was heartbreaking for their family, but they started the recovery process bit by bit. For the first time in years, Karabu’s mother set up a Christmas tree.
Nancy said: “I know her pain is still fresh.” “But we are doing our best. We hope that by sharing the story of my nephew, someone can come forward. We need peace in our family, and peace in Karabu. .”
Anyone who knows about the Calab case should call the Evansville Police Alert Hotline at (812) 435-6194. All calls are anonymous.