CASS COUNTY– It's been six years since a 34-year-old artist was found shot to death in rural Cass County, and today, police are no closer to understanding why someone would murder him.
The case has been reviewed by three different investigative task forces, featured on Crime Stoppers and on America's Most Wanted. But the family of Kendrick Chapman has no justice.
At the Kalamazoo home where Chapman grew up, his artwork adorns the walls, and there is a shrine to his memory in the living room.
"He was pretty creative," said his mom, Pam Chapman, as she took WSBT through their home.
Kendrick was an artist with a passion for blacksmithing. He lived alone on family land in rural Cass County, devoting his time to his art. He kept to himself and certainly didn't live an extravagant life by any stretch of the word. In fact, he lived in an Airsteam trailer.
"He was very loving," said Pam. "He was often referred to as the gentle giant."
His parents say Kendrick -- or Big K as some called him -- was incredibly stubborn, but equally as sweet. They describe him as bear-like. He was a protector.
"At Meijer, someone snatched a lady's purse and he took off running and he dropped what he was doing, ran through the parking lot and chased the guy and retrieved -- and was able to hold onto the guy until the police got there," described his father, Bill Chapman.
So that is why six years ago when they learned he was murdered, it was a shock.
"Some days it feels like an eternity and others times it just feels like it was yesterday," said Pam.
It was June 24, 2007. A delivery driver dropping off a load of steel found Kendrick lying in a pool of blood that morning. The property is located along Kessington Road. There are very few other houses in the area.
"This would have been what the driver would have seen when he walked up," said Cass County Sheriff's Department Detective Kristen Daly, as she shows us a picture of Kendrick's barn. In the picture, the barn door is open and a chair is laying on its side just inside the building.