UPDATE: Thirty-one-year-old Xavier Oliver was shot and killed on Vinewood Drive Christmas Eve. Monday Channel 3 spoke with Temeka Robinson his first cousin about the man she says was a great family member and father. 

"When I heard the news, I feel like my son died because that's who he was to me. I changed diapers and made sure that they went off to school and everything as kids," said Robinson. 

Robinson says they both grew up in a house with 12 kids together, raised by their grandmother. She says from the time he was just a boy he was always looking for ways to improve. 

"One thing I want people to know about him, is that Xavier was an advocate for change in that anybody can be better than you were yesterday," said Robinson. 

There were two people that Oliver shared a particularly closed bond with according to Robinson, his grandmother and son. She says they were his world. Part of Oliver's efforts to better himself amplified when he became a father five years ago. 

"He was his heart," said Robinson. "Everything in Xavier's life since his son was born was directed being a better person for his son."

Oliver moved to Louisville, Kentucky in order to provide his son a better life. 

"Who was a father who went to work, moved out of town to better his life so that he could be a great dad," said Robinson. 

She says he was close to all of his family members, especially his grandmother who played a major role in raising him. Robinson has so many fond memories of him, including how excited he got when she had her first son. 

"They were just so overjoyed, how happy they were for me was how I felt when they were all born. He really loved my son, like I love him because that's how we all are, we all love and care for each other," said Robinson. 

Now she feels incomplete and their family is relying on the Chattanooga Police Department for answers. 

"No, I'm never going to give up because I need to figure out what happened to my cousin and the police need to do all they can, the family wants justice," said Robinson. 

Channel 3 checked in with the Chattanooga Police Department on Monday and they had no updates at that time. 

If you have any information on the homicide please call the CPD Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Family members of 31-year-old Xavier Oliver created a memorial on Vinewood Drive where he was shot and killed on Christmas Eve.

Two bears and flowers mark the spot where Oliver died, a moment that has a neighborhood still reeling over what happened.

Kaziah Colvin says she heard gunshots, went outside and examined the scene.

She says lights and tape covered the street.

"At that point, it was just sirens and Police blocking off the street and stuff,” Colvin said.

Neighbors say they couldn't imagine losing a loved one during the holidays.

Resident Albert Grimes says he didn't hear the shots but believes his neighborhood is still a great place to live.

"No break-ins. No fights. No yelling. Spring time, no loud unnecessary music. It's just a nice place to be,” Grimes said.

He says they are more like family than neighbors.

"We've got kids that live up the street here, they run in play and they can play in all the yards because everyone gets along. So, it really was a surprise,” Grimes said.

He hopes whoever is responsible is caught.

"Justice will be served sooner or later, it's a trying time and that just makes it a little bit harder,” Grimes said.

Police are still searching for a suspect.

Call 423-698-2525 if you have information on the case.


PREVIOUS STORY: Residents on Vinewood Drive say they were surprised to hear about the Christmas Eve shooting that left 31-year-old Xavier Oliver dead. 

Albert Grimes has lived in the area for years and he says this isn't normal. 

"It happens everywhere, but here is kind of surprising we've been here for years without any incidents other than a few years ago," said Grimes 

He says it's the type of neighborhood where everyone has each other's backs.

"I was pretty surprised because normally it's just a quiet neighborhood," said Grimes. "Everyone looks out for each other, if anyone of us go out of town, we'll let one of the neighbors know and we'll watch their homes."

"Quiet. It's a good neighborhood and it's full of kids so we would never expect no shooting or nothing like that," said Kaziah Colvin. 

Colvin, who lives nearby, says she heard the commotion that night.

"We heard shots, and then we ran outside and saw all the police," said Colvin. 

She says the incident didn't scare her.

"We never have stuff going on in this neighborhood," said Colvin. "I feel safe."

Grimes says his heart goes out to the family. 

"Justice will be served sooner or later, it's a trying time and that just makes it a little bit harder," said Grimes. 

There are no suspects at this time, according to the Chattanooga Police Department.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the homicide tip line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Chattanooga Police Department says 31-year-old Xavier Oliver was the man killed in Tuesday's shooting.

Oliver's family has been notified, police say.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 3400 block of Vinewood Drive on Christmas Eve.

Police responded to the shooting at 11:15 p.m. and found a man dead with apparent gunshot wounds. At this time, there is no known motive or suspect(s).

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the homicide tip line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.