"I honestly did think that someone was going to be caught, and we'd have a trial and it would be over with," she said.
Justice White was just 25 years old when he went to a club on Capitol Hill on a fateful night in August 2006. Surveillance cameras captured the man talking outside the club. Police believe someone who was also at the club that night later killed him.
"Some friends that were with Justice at the time told him they were concerned about somebody that seemed to be staring him down from across the room," said Det. Cloyd Steiger.
Justice White took off with two friends and parked near a dead end on East Harrison where they sat and talked. Police believe that's when the gunman approached from a nearby alley.
"(The gunman) walked up on the vehicle on the passenger side and fired several shots into the vehicle," said Steiger.
Justice White lay, dying, as his killer ran off.
"It's difficult," said his mother. "I want someone to come through. Someone had to have been there. Someone has to know something. I can't believe it's been five years."
Police identified a person of interest, but leads went cold. Crime Stoppers took up the case, hoping a reward might generate a crucial tip.
"It's like a puzzle. There might be 10 pieces and maybe the cops - we know eight of them," said Myrle Carner of Crime Stoppers. "Give us the tip. Let us process that with the homicide unit, and see if we can't bring somebody to justice."
Marian White says knowing who killed her son won't make the emptiness hurt any less, but it will give her some sense of closure.
"I know something's going to happen. I know it is," she said.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information on Justice White's murder is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS immediately.