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DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – It started with a knock at the door and was followed with a gunshot. The end result was a grandmother killed in front of her grandchildren.

Barbara Strain’s family may never know why she was murdered that day, or who pulled the trigger.

It’s been months and Duncanville police say there are no new developments in the case. Members of Strain’s family say they won’t feel peace or closure until their loved one’s killer is caught.

“Constantly, it’s a daily thing. Every hour, everyday,” that’s how often Brian Strain says he thinks of his grandmother. “It’s never going to stop she was… extremely important to me. Now she’s gone.”

Brian Strain was at home with his grandmother in March when she was murdered in the entryway of their house.

That morning someone knocked on the door. When the 74-year-old answered — with her three grandsons right behind her — a suspect opened fire. Barbara Strain died at the scene.

Brian Strain still can’t understand the evil act. “What kind of a monster shoots an old woman in front of children?” he asked. “Children that he knew were there.”

Barbara Strain was known as ‘Granny’ to the many people she encountered. Shortly after the murder the family passed out thousands of fliers hoping someone would come forward with clues.

A $15,000 reward was offered and police released a sketch of the possible killer, but almost eight months after her vicious murders Duncanville police still have no suspects.

Brian Strain never returned to his grandmother’s home after the murder. “It’s never going to go back to the way it was. We’ve all drifted a little bit, we used to be a very tight knit family.”

He says his family is still hoping that justice will be served, but feels as if his grandmother’s case has been forgotten. “I have hope but I don’t think it will be because of anyone’s doing. I think if he [killer] gets caught it will be because of his slip up.”

Now a grieving grandson is dedicating his future service as an EMT and firefighter to his beloved granny. “Maybe there is someone out there in her situation and maybe I can help them, save them,” he said.

Duncanville police say they are no new developments in the case. Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect call Duncanville police at (972) 780-5037, Extension 14 or contact Crime Stoppers at (877) 373-8477.

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