'I think about him all the time': 12 years later, family still hopes dad's killer is found

Chris Porter's son Jesse shares memories about his father. (KOMO photo)

LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Twelve years ago a Lynnwood man was found shot in the head inside his home. His killer was never caught.

But this year, his family is renewing their efforts to try and find out what happened. They tell KOMO News they believe the cold case can still be solved.

Every year around this time, the Porter family gathers to celebrate the birthdays of grandma Barbara Porter on Dec. 13, son Jesse Porter on Dec. 17 - and the life of dad, Chris Porter, who was found murdered on Dec. 14, 2005.

"I was 13, and three days later I would have been 14," says Jesse.

"Twelve years now ... and it doesn't get any easier for any of us," says Barbara.

The story, of course, made headlines. Police investigated - but leads eventually dried up.

"I think about him all the time, and I know that he'd be proud of me," says Jesse.

The pain of not knowing what happened makes the loss that much harder for his children.

"Knowing your children never got to meet your dad," says Porter's daughter, Christina Pickett.

"Just another year that he's not able to see my daughter's birthday, or any of his kids," says Jesse.

Now, during yet another holiday season without their beloved 'Hopper,' the family hopes that the passage of time has loosened lips.

"Somebody's tripped up by now, said the wrong thing," says Christina.

"Somebody out there knows something, and I just wish that they would tell," says Barbara.

The crime scene hasn't changed much. It still sits right next door to where the family gathers - a constant reminder of what's missing.

"I know he's my guardian angel," says Jesse.

And the dreaming of what could have been…

"We need justice and closure."

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