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CHICAGO (CBS) — A grieving mother has been out leafleting a Northwest Side neighborhood today in the hopes that someone will help to solve the October 29th murder of her 23-year-old son.

Family members and friends of Sheldon McCraven met on the 2600 block of North Kedzie, about a block from where he was shot to death.

They fanned out in the snow, passing out flyers, hoping that someone heard or saw something that could help lead to his killer.

McCraven’s mother, Esmeralda Mendoza, says she has no idea what happened to her son or who would want to kill him.

“My heart breaks. It’s painful, especially during this time when it’s holidays and everybody is united as a family and at my dinner table there’s one empty chair. It’s painful.”

George McDade, of Cook County Crime Stoppers, was helping to pass out flyers. He said, “We know somebody out here heard something. No matter how small you think that information is, please give it to us.”

He said Crime Stoppers will take tips anonymously and pass them on to the police. The number is 1-800-535-STOP .

It was early in the morning on October 29th that surveillance video caught McCraven leaving his apartment.

He was found shot to death nearby a short time later, just after 4:30 that morning, on the 26-hundred block of North Sawyer.

His mother said he might have received a phone call before he left his nearby apartment.

Police tell her they have no leads.