Roses and stuffed teddy bears sit outside the door to a home at the Simon Bright Apartment complex in Kinston.
These decorative additions hold meaning and power to the people who put them there. They are the symbols, signs and signals that a man who lost his life over the weekend, may be gone but not forgotten.
Anthony Miller died at the age of 33, after getting shot in the back on Sunday night, family members said.
First responders found his body outside of his apartment, the same place where a shrine has been put in his remembrance. While Miller was rushed to the hospital, he died, investigators said.
Kinston Police have charged one man in his death, 18-year old Sadequin Anderson. Anderson's family maintains that the suspect is innocent.
Family members of Miller say the charge brings them little closure, if any at all.
"I have no idea why this happened, my brother didn't bother anybody," Miller's sister, Letrecia Edwards said. "If he [the suspect] did it, I wanna know why. I want him to see our pain, I want him to see us."
Family members say Miller was a man who could make anybody laugh, and a man who had a personality that was unparallelled. Those who knew Miller said he was a cook, an uncle and a community man.
"I was robbed," Edwards said. "I feel like the family was robbed of his presence."
Miller leaves behind his mother, three sisters, a brother, a girlfriend of ten years, and many nieces and nephews.
"He's going to be missed, he really is," Edwards said.
Miller's funeral will be held Saturday at the Greater Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Kinston at noon.