A murder victim's best friend breaks his silence. In an exclusive interview Eric McCorkle shared how he and others are dealing with the loss or Earl Wheeler.

Smiling through all of his obvious pain, Eric McCorkle puts on a brave face; all the while struggling to deal with the death of Earl Wheeler - the 21-year-old he called his little brother.

McCorkle trained the the fun-loving Wheeler to become a bartender.

"He's going to be with me all the time," McCorkle says.

It has only been one week since workers here suffered the tremendous loss.

"Earl will be truly missed around here. Pat O'Brien's will never be the same without Earl," said family friend Cherlyn Birtha.

Wheeler was with a group of co-workers thanksgiving night. McCorkle says he talked to him after their late night shift.

"I assumed he was going to pop up at my door in a second," says McCorkle

But that was not so. Instead, devastating news about Earl Wheeler followed a series of missed phone calls early the next morning.

"I freaked out, I went crazy," McCorkle says.

His best friend of three years had been gunned down in cold blood.

"I could not believe it. I didn't know what to think. I never lost a close friend," says McCorkle.

Security camera video shows the men police have identified as suspects; the men accused of shooting wheeler because he confronted them about blocking traffic.

"He doesn't make wrong moves," McCorkle says. "Any move he made I probably would have done the same thing if I was there. I probably would have jumped out of the car right behind him."

As the police search continues, McCorkle sends a plea to the suspects to turn themselves in. "Just end it for us; we're all devastated here we want to put this behind us," says McCorkle.

Memorial services for Earl Wheeler have been set for Tuesday.

The visitation will start at 10 a.m. at the Saint Bernard Community Baptist Church, 3938 Saint Bernard Avenue, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.

Shortly after, the re-pass and second line celebration will be held at the New Orleans Treme Center at 900 North Villere.