Family Mourns Loss Of Second Family Member
A family lives the nightmare of murder for a second time. First a daughter, then her son.
"He never liked to run the streets, you know," said Linda Johnson. "He was a home body."
Johnson says she kept her grandson, SteVaun Jessie, in sports and church. The 20-year-old had one goal.
"SteVaun always talked about how he wanted to be a policeman and he was in school for criminal justice," said Johnson.
Instead, police are now investigating his murder.
"I just seen him leave the house and he told me he would be back and he didn't come back," said Aunt Mahin Williams.
Williams says Jessie headed out friday with some friends.
"This was just a typical night, any 20-year-old, going out to a concert," said Williams.
"But the four friends wound up at 9th Street and 5th Avenue in the wee hours. Neighbors heard several gunshots. Jessie died and another passenger was injured. The gunman took off.
"He's not a wild child and he didn't hang around those kind of people. We was just stunned," said Johnson.
The family is stunned and left with the lingering feeling of déjà vu.
"It's like living it all over again," said Johnson.
Jessie's mom was murdered in 1996 when he was just two.
"She was kidnapped and shot six times," said Johnson.
Her killer was found and locked up. The family hopes the same happens in Jessie's case.
The family has a memorial fund set up to help pay for SteVaun's funeral.