With a pile of pictures laid out in front of him, Jubal Alexander gushes about the man his son, also Jubal Dee Alexander, had become.
"He had such a beautiful heart. He loved to help people," said the elder Alexander, who still finds it hard to believe someone would kill the boy featured in the photo he's holding.
Alexander found out his son was dead two days after Jubal's body was found headless in his truck, which was parked at a Brazoria County boat ramp.
"We had no idea they had taken my son's head," said Alexander. "I guess that was one of the hardest thing I had to go through."
If anyone could understand the pain Alexander feels, it's Brittany Hilton.
"It was spine-chilling. It brought back a lot of memories," said the Bridge City police officer upon learning of Jubal's death. Hilton was just three years old when her mother, Rebecca Beard, vanished near where Jubal's truck was parked. The man who killed her is now in prison, but Beard's body has never been found.
"The agony this family feels right now is a pain all too familiar with my family," Hilton said.
Hilton said her pain was abated by investigators who, after nine years, found Beard's killer. Alexander has every confidence in the detectives working on his son's case and hopes that soon there will be justice for Jubal. He asked for anyone who prays to pray for the Brazoria County investigators searching for whoever murdered Jubal.
"When we catch the people who did it, it will keep them from hurting another person's child. That means that my son didn't die in vain," said Alexander. "I can't bring him back, but I can give him that."
A candlelight vigil is planned for Jubal on Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. It will be held at 26794 FM 2004 in Angleton. A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help the family with memorial costs, as well as efforts to find Jubal's killer.