Murdered man’s family pleads for answers

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A family is begging for justice after a man was murdered in the street. 

Tears streamed down his fiance’s face as she described what Terry Gaines meant to the people who loved him the most. His entire family is sharing the pain of this heartbreak. 

Police are looking for two suspects in this case. 41-year-old Terry Gains was shot and killed Tuesday night in Danville. It happened at the corner of Alexander and Madison Street. He was a pizza delivery driver and had just dropped off an order to an address in that area. 

His father Rick Gaines says, “What happened was senseless. They ambushed my son.”

Gaines died doing his job, delivering a pizza to a house in Danville. 

His fiance Christina Fairchild says, “I just don’t understand why they had to kill him. If they wanted the money why didn’t they just take the money? Why did they have to take his life? It wasn’t worth it and it wasn’t right.” 

She can’t hold back the tears knowing they won’t get to spend the rest of their lives together. She says, “He loved people and he loved his job. I begged him not to go anymore and just said ‘I love my job’.” 

Gaines posted on Facebook in October 2018 saying he was concerned about violence toward delivery drivers. What he feared came true. Witnesses told Danville Police Gaines was walking back to his car after making a pizza delivery for Dominos when two men tried to rob him. There was a struggle, and then he was shot, left for dead in the street.     

Fairchild says, “I don’t know what to say. He was my everything.” She shared the first family photo they took together. Gaines was her partner in life and a stepfather to her children. His stepson Christian Coe says, “He pushed me to do things even I didn’t think I could do like behaving, going to school, doing what I have to do, even when I think I can’t do it.”

They say his life was stolen. Fairchild feels helpless. She’s begging, if anybody knows anything about what happened, to come forward. She says, “Please, please, please tell somebody. Please bring them to justice.” 

The family is holding a vigil on Friday night at 8:00 on the street where the shooting happened. WCIA be there to share more of this man’s story.

Here’s a link to the family’s fundraiser for funeral costs. 

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