Timothy Austin Davison had many notable characteristics. The first, that nickname, "Asti."
"We figured we better not just call him 'Asti,' so we called him Austin, in case he became a banker or something," said Theresa Alloca with a fleeting giggle.
She explains that 'Asti' is a region in Northwest Italy known for its sparkling wine.
"They drink it to celebrate life," she said.
The second visible characteristic was Davison's large tricep tattoo, a five word statement: "All The Arms We Need."
Alloca described her shock and confusion when her son came home with such a large tattoo. When asked why he got it, "Asti" hugged his mother and said, "Mom, because this is what it's about. It's loving one another and not having wars, and fighting, and guns."
"He was really anti-gun," Alloca added.
Early on the morning of Jan. 4, Davison frantically dialed 911. He was traveling near the Maryland/Pennsylvania line on his way back home to Maine from a trip to Florida. Police say that Davison told dispatchers that someone was shooting at him from a dark colored truck.
The 28-year-old was found in his car on the side of I-81 in Franklin County. He had been shot and soon after died
"We want to do all we can to help find out who did this," said Alloca, "It's not going to bring our son back, but hopefully it will save someone else from losing a loved one."
Theresa, who was actually born in Harrisburg, wants to make sure that the Midstate does not forget about Asti. She says she does not want the area to live in fear but also does not want a blind eye to be turned to a clue that could lead to her son's killer.
"He was just a really big part of our lives."
Police continue to look for a Ford Ranger-style pickup, with front or side damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-4PA-TIPS. There is a $10,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest.
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