Updated 10/23/2012 07:04 PM
One year since Garrett's death
In the North Country, a year-long search for answers continues. Garrett Phillips, 12, was found dead in his Potsdam home last October. But, as our Barry Wygel reports, there is still no arrests, still no suspects, and a family and community that is still mourning.
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POTSDAM, N.Y. -- For the Phillips family, the past year has been almost unbearable.
"It's been terrible. You wake up and we still have no justice for Garrett. It's just a struggle every day, knowing that there is a suspect still walking free," said Brian Phillips, Garrett's uncle.
Phillips' nephew Garrett was found unconscious in his home last October. His death was ruled a homicide. But 12 months later, very little has changed and no arrests have been made.
"He was an innocent 12-year-old child that was brutally strangled in his own home and without having justice there is a sadness in many people's heart," explained Phillips.
After a year of almost no new information, Garrett's family said they know the police are working every single day to try to bring Garrett's killer to justice.
And while Potsdam police did not talk on camera, they confirmed as much.
"The Garrett Phillips homicide continues to be a multi-agency investigation and the investigation is continuing," said police in a release.
"I think right now that is all we can ask for," said Phillips.
The only public developments in the last year center around a man who claims he had the finger unfairly pointed at him. A Clarkson coach who was questioned early on, but never charged, has since filed suit against the village and police in an attempt to clear his name.
Meanwhile the community just wants Justice for Garrett. In fact, that's the slogan heard throughout the North Country as the community continues to rally around the family.
"It's a year later and it seems like something is going on, someone is always trying to help," said Phillips.
Businesses have been selling bracelets and yard signs, with all proceeds going to a reward fund aimed at finding Garrett's killer. The family and the community have already raised $40,000. But today, no amount of money has given the family or police any more answers than they had one year ago.