HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - The family of a Howard man killed in his home in February is trying to bring new awareness about the unsolved case.
Brown County Sheriff’s say 43-year-old Thomas Wick was found in his basement on February 26th. He was shot with a gun and investigators don't believe it was random.
Wick lived alone and was a father to an 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Wick owned Bayside Electric, a commercial and residential electrical company.
Sister-in-law Leanne Wick says Tom was a good man and was the type of person who was always there to help someone. Wick says Tom didn’t have any enemies and didn’t hang out with bad people.
On the day of her brother-in-law’s death, her husband got a call from friends about police around Tom’s home and he raced to the scene.
“It was just a horrible, horrible feeling you just don’t know, and we didn’t know it was a murder at the time, we just knew it was suspicious” Wick said in an interview at her home on Sunday.
Wick has been planning to speak out, but every day is a challenge as they continue to deal with his affairs.
“Sometimes it just feels like a bad dream, you just think you’re going to wake up and he’s going to walk through the door, sometimes I don’t even know if I’ve grasped it, it’s just hard to imagine.”
Wick says that the person or persons responsible are still out there.
“People like that don’t do something like that and not do it again” Wick said.
Wick says the Brown County Sheriff’s are doing their job, but forensics sometimes takes awhile.
“It’s not like on TV where crimes are solved just like that.”
Wick is steadfast in bringing justice to the person responsible and says talking about the case will hopefully bring new awareness to the unsolved murder.
“They think they got away scot free and I don’t think that’s the case, they didn’t. We are going to diligently keep the awareness out there.”
The family is offering a $10,000 reward until October 15th for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Over the past couple weeks Wick has focused on launching the WickMurder.com website, and a Facebook page.
Wick is also holding a park bench dedication Saturday, Sept. 29th at 3 p.m. at the Wayne Williams Conservation Area at Hidden Creek in Howard. Wick says family is traveling from out of state to be there and is inviting the public to come and join in a balloon release.