An Ottawa mother will hold a vigil later this week to drum up attention for her son's unsolved murder case and ensure his death is not forgotten.

Douglas Stewart was beaten to death in his Vanier apartment five years ago. Police say there were no signs of forced entry and Stewart may have known his killer.

Linda Beland says she hopes the vigil for her son will encourage people to go to police with any information they might have about his murder.

"I need to know. I need to know who killed him and why. I know it's not going to bring my son back. But I need to know, I need closure," she told CTV Ottawa.

The vigil will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Cemetery on Montreal Road.

The candlelit walk will begin at the entrance of the cemetery and end at Stewart's grave.

Stewart's family is also organizing a paintball tournament in May to raise enough money to offer a reward for information on the murder.