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Famliy pleads for answers in latest Johnstown homicide

By: Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The family of man gunned down in Johnstown over the weekend pleaded with the community for answers Tuesday afternoon as they gathered around a makeshift memorial in the Oakhurst homes.

"We want justice done. We are not going to hurt (anybody,) but we want justice done," said Helen Douglas, mother of shooting victim Tyrone Williams.

On Monday it was authorities pleading for help, on Tuesday it was Williams' family questioning why the community remains silent when a shooting happens, but more importantly why senseless killings continue.

"Why? What did he do to you to do this to him," asked Douglas.

That's the question friends, family and authorities are still trying to answer even after police made an arrest and identified two others accused of gunning down Williams early Sunday morning.

"People don't know what they've done to other families... To the family and their families also," Douglas told 6 News.

About two dozen of Williams' family, close friends and neighbors gathered at the scene for the first time on Tuesday. There were tears, gasps and hugs before they placed flowers and pictures at a memorial that now marks the spot his body was found.

"Before seeing the memorial, it's still tough. I never thought I would have to bury my brother for being murdered in the street cause he didn't bother nobody, he wasn't that type of person," said Chappella Conyers, Williams' sister. "If you met him, you would have loved him."

While his family is angry it happened, and confused no one nearby stepped in to help, his mother, a pastor in New Jersey, said it's her family's deep faith that's holding them together.

"Prayers. Prayers and faith. That's what we are a family of prayer and faith," said members of Williams' family. "A whole lot of love. Prayer gets us through all obstacles."

As police continue their search for two more suspects and try to piece together exactly what happened, Williams' family is begging the community he loved to come together and fight back.

"I know it's rough living in the community when they're still out running loose and you're scared for your life, but just trust in your law system. They can protect you," Conyers said. "The longer you stay quiet it's not going to do anything but create more killings."

Richard Cook, 21, is in jail, charged with criminal homicide. Police are still looking for Jaquan Watson, 19, and Fidel Cosby, 16. Anyone with information can remain anonymous and should call police.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times