• Charlotte family pleads for information in summer concert slaying

    By: Tenikka Smith


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte mother is preparing to face her first Christmas without her son.

    "He liked to joke a lot -- stay in a light mood," said Elaine Price

    This Christmas, Price won't get to hear her son's jokes or his laugh. She can only look at his smiling face in pictures, including an angel ornament she carefully hung on the family's tree.

    "It's just different because we know he's not going to be here, because he normally is the life of the party," she said.

    James Price, 24, was stabbed to death to outside a Lil' Wayne concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in July.

    Investigators said he was attacked while trying to defend his girlfriend from at least two attackers who verbally abused her and hit her in the head.

    Police said hundreds of people were around when it happened, but nearly five months later, no one has come forward to help identify the attackers.

    "It could have been them instead of me. It could have been their brother, son or uncle," Elaine Price said.

    But it is the Price family that will spend a part of Christmas day visiting a gravesite, praying that someone will offer the gift of closure and justice for James.

    "If they would just come forward and tell what they saw, it may be something small, but it may be something the police could use," his mother said.

    After James was attacked, some witnesses said they saw a black sedan leaving the area.

    If you have any information about the murder of James Price, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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