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Wick family honor murder victim; work to keep investigation alive

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The family of murder victim Thomas Wick of Howard dedicated this bench in his memory Saturday, September 29, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).
The family of murder victim Thomas Wick of Howard dedicated this bench in his memory Saturday, September 29, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).

HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - A Howard man, who's murder remains unsolved, was remembered this weekend as friends and family seek to keep the investigation alive.

A bench memorializing Thomas Wick was placed along the creek at his favorite park.

The 43-year-old Wick was found dead inside his home last February.

"We're finding some closure with this," Wick's brother, Brian Wick, told FOX 11. Thomas Wick spent a lot of time with his two children at Wayne Williams Conservation Area in Hidden Creek. So, his family said, it was only fitting to install a bench there in his memory.

"Tom loved to come to this park, and bring the kids here. So it was a beautiful spot that we picked to put the bench," said Brian Wick.

A dedication ceremony drew a crowd of about 100 on a Fall afternoon.

Wick's brother Brian says it's a mystery to him why someone would murder Thomas.

"Tom was the nicest guy that you'd ever want to meet. He was a master electrician, father of two wonderful children, just he was the guy that would give you the shirt off his back and we just can't figure out who would do this," said Brian Wick.

"We're still working the case," Brown County Sheriff's Captain Jeff Sanborn tells FOX 11.

Sanborn said investigators are waiting on State Crime Lab analysis of DNA, handwriting, and fingerprint evidence. He added they're still not sure why somebody murdered Wick, but have developed some leads on who may have done it.

"Numerous persons of interest, I would say that. We're just looking at a bunch of different leads, and like I said the crime lab is going to be probably the straw that breaks the camel's back in this case," Sanborn said.

The Wick family is offering a $10,000 reward which will expire on October 15th. They've also set up a website to celebrate Wick's life and generate tips.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 432-STOP.

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