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Aurora police have given no motive for the murder, but are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“We want anyone with information to do the right thing and contact investigators or Crime Stoppers,” Aurora Police Department spokesman Dan Ferrelli said recently. “Anyone calling with information doesn’t have to leave their name. It’s their information we’re after that will help us establish more leads and hold the offender or offenders accountable.”

Anyone with information about the murder of Quiane Smith should contact the Aurora Police Department at 630-256-5000.

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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:29PM

Sara Jackson of Joliet is a mom on a mission — and a fearless one, at that.

Her son, Quiane Smith, 26, was gunned down and killed on April 23 in the 1000 block of Spruce Street in Aurora. On Saturday, Jackson, and about 50 other friends and loved ones of the young man, showed up at the home where Smith was killed, in protest of the violence that stole his young life.

“Our goal was to come here and let the people know about the violence in their neighborhood,” Jackson said.

Police have no leads in the case. Until they do, Jackson will continue to travel from her home in Joliet to Aurora in search of answers.

“I will keep coming until someone speaks up,” she said Saturday, standing on the lawn of the home where her son was killed. “I want somebody to say something, and I will come up here every month to hand out fliers until they do.”

The silence Jackson is fighting against was broken temporarily on Saturday. Evangelist Linda Temple’s voice filled the air with song as she and others prayed for Smith. The man’s siblings and three young children wiped away tears as the music rang out where bullets had done the same just weeks before.

“We didn’t come out here just to come out,” Temple preached. “We came out here to make a difference — so young people can put a stop to the violence going on....We come out expecting change, expecting to make a difference.”

When the tears were done being shed, the real work began. With hundreds of fliers in their hands, Smith’s loved ones cased the block, traveling from house to house, hoping someone would have answers. They moved in packs, forces to be reckoned with.

“I’m Sara Jackson. My son was killed recently on this street,” Jackson told a neighbor.

“I got two shots in my house (that night),” the neighbor said. “Did they find anybody?”

“No,” Jackson said. “It’s senseless.”

“It’s always senseless,” the neighbor said, sharing her condolences with the grieving mother.

Senseless because Smith was a good man, Jackson said. He was the father to three young children. Two daughters, ages 2 and 6, and a 4-year-old son.

“He had a presence in their lives, and ensured he was never too far from them,” said Smith’s aunt, Yolanda. “Being a dad was an honor to him and he enjoyed every moment they spent together.”

She described Smith as a man of integrity and character — funny, outgoing and real.

“We’re not here to cry, even though it is hard to hold it back,” she said.

They were there for a different reason. They were there to remember the man they all terribly missed, and to find answers in his senseless death.

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