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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT)-- Police are investigating who may be responsible for Josh Davis's sudden and violent death in Decatur over the weekend.

Four people have been arrested in a string of cases that police say are related, but so far no charges have been filed against those responsible for killing Davis.

His family is anxiously waiting for justice, while struggling with their loss.

"I'm trying to be strong for my family," said April Davis, his sister. She and other family members met us at the park pavilion where he took his last breath. But they wanted to come.

"He would want us to come here," said April, "and do it for him."

But grief still weighed heavily on their hearts. For them, his passing is still a shock, a surprise they never saw coming.

"You never think it would happen to you-- to your family," remarked his cousin Crystal Stinson. "On Sunday when I was having lunch and I blessed our meal, I had prayed for the families of the victims. I had no idea at the time that my cousin was [among them,]" she said.

Photo: Crystal Stinson

Photo: Crystal Stinson

They tell us Josh was a fighter. Now, they're fighting for him.

"My brother didn't deserve that," said April. "We will have justice for my brother."

They will return again to the park Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock for a vigil to honor his memory, and the memories of him they will hold in their hearts. They invite his friends and those who love him to come, and wear blue in honor of his favorite color.

"He was a very loving person. A very kind heart," said Crystal. "He wouldn't want everybody to be upset and not come back to the park.... he has nieces. And he has a daughter. And this is a playground. I mean, it's for kids, it's what it should be for."

Josh's family has also created a Go Fund Me account for his funeral expenses. They tell us donations can also be made directly to Pecks Funeral Home in Hartselle.