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Family continues push for answers in Springfield man’s death, vigil planned for Monday in his memory

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 11:09 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2021 at 4:14 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - It’s been five months with no arrest in the death of Springfield man, Chandler Sweaney, but his family hasn’t given up hope.

The Springfield Police Department is still investigating Sweaney’s death from February 1. His family is meeting with detectives Monday for an update on the case.

Sweaney was shot and killed at his west-Springfield home in the 2800 block of West Chestnut Street. His mother, Shelley Larrick, has told us from the start, she believes his death is linked to an advertisement he placed for roommates a few months before his death. She believes it brought drugs and other criminal activity to his home, though she says Chandler was involved in nothing illegal.

Larrick believes detectives are getting very close to charges in the case.

But as Sweaney’s loved ones wait for justice, they are also honoring his memory. Larrick says Sweaney was always working to better himself, and was also concerned about the world around him.

Larrick says she would like to prevent any other parent from going through the grief she is experiencing, though she knows that is impossible.

The tagline they’ve chosen in Sweaney’s honor is, “Do Better, Be Better.” She says his friends came up with the idea of holding a candlelight vigil, which is scheduled Monday night.

“His friends also wanted to honor him,” said Larrick, “and also have the opportunity, if anybody else wanted to talk about who he was as a person, but also, what does this tagline we’ve given him ‘Do Better, Be Better,’ mean to them, and what they’re doing to better the world around them.”

The candlelight vigil will be held Monday night at 8:30 at Jimm’s Steakhouse, Sweaney’s former workplace. It will be open to the public and for those who knew Chandler Sweaney, but also for those who just feel motivated to help better their community.

“Anybody that wants to be part of the solution,” says Larrick. “Because again, it is to celebrate Chandler, but the bigger message is Do Better, Be Better. And where that came from was, quite honestly, that’s the only thing that I could get out of my mouth when people asked to me, what can we do?”

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