Billy Greener is a D.C. firefighter, serving the city in which his best friend, 28-year-old Jason Emma, lost his life to a cold-blooded killer. Sources say the suspect was after Emma's wallet.
"I talked to a fellow firefighter...," Greener said. "...there's nothing they could do."
Greener and Emma grew up together in Arlington. They became best friends at Bishop O'Connell High School in the ninth grade.
"We were inseparable...," Greener added.
Around 2:15 a.m. Christmas Eve, someone opened fire on Emma as he sat in his Audi on C Street in Northeast. Emma was just parking his car after a night out with friends. Sources say the killer robbed Emma of his wallet and then shot him 11 times.
Emma was just two blocks away from the rowhouse he and Greener had just rented and moved into Dec. 1.
Greener said, "I am still waiting...[I] keep the light on every night."
Sources say two men were seen standing on either side of Emma's vehicle right after the barrage of gunfire. They ran away, and now police, a family and a best friend need them brought to justice.
"I think there is a certain degree of helpless...if someone can get hurt simply trying to come home," Greener added.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.