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Family calls for justice 20 years after murder

Twenty years ago, someone stabbed an 18-year-old Gorham High School student to death in Portland. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Twenty years ago, someone stabbed an 18-year-old Gorham High School student to death in Portland.

His killer has never been brought to justice.

Family members say Robert Joyal had just gotten a car and a new apartment in early April of 1998.

On April 4, he was stabbed and killed during a fight involving dozens of young people in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant.

Police say they interviewed dozens of witnesses at the time and they even indicted a man for murder.

Before a trial could happen, the charges were dismissed and that man died in 2007.

Police say they are hoping that someone who knows something about what happened that night will want to come forward.

Robert's brother, Marc, was just 11 years old when his older brother died. He says his family wants justice.

"We look at the 20th anniversary as you know, an opportunity to tell his story again, and really to plead with people to, now that time has gone by, those people that were there that night and knew him and knew something that happened, we hope that they've gained some perspective," Marc Joyal-Myers said.

Marc says his family remains hopeful that someone knows something.

If you have any information about Robert Joyal's murder, contact the Portland Police Department.

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