PHOENIX - Family and friends are remembering Travis Alexander on the fifth anniversary of his death.
Alexander's brother, Steven, wrote a message on Facebook saying:
"June 4th will forever be a dark reminder of who has been ripped from our lives. June 4th will always be the day we stop and think this is the day Travis was murdered. You will think about all the horrible pain and suffering he went through. That day will always come."
It's the first time we've heard from Alexander's family since the jury in Jodi Arias' murder trial could not come to a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or to death in the penalty phase of the case.
"I believe with every ounce of my being that June 4th will be an everyday reminder to her. A reminder of why she sees the inside of a cell for 23hrs a day. A reminder of what she did. All alone, every day, a living hell. Until she gets the ultimate freedom, the needle. I hope its many years before that happens. Soon June 4th will be a day that we remember she is on death row. Watching the hour glass until the last grain of sand. I hope her last thought is of Travis and June 4th," wrote Alexander.
"Justice for Travis Victor Alexander 'The Great' has been delayed. It doesn't matter how long it takes. We all will be standing behind Travis, my big brother. Moving forward, passing down his legacy. You were born to be great, you are special! That is your destiny! Except nothing less! A pebble has been thrown into the pond. We are the ripples. Thank you for your love, your stories, your support and your prayers. June 4th is Justice for Travis Day!"
Several friends and supporters have also tweeted messages of remembrance on Twitter.
Arias was convicted of killing Alexander at his Mesa home on June 4, 2008. Arias stabbed Alexander 27 times, slashed his throat, and shot him in the head.
A status conference on the case is scheduled for June 20.