Community leaders and grieving families hope to draw attention to unsolved murders
Yakima, WA - Community leaders and grieving families gathered at Yakima's Southeast Community Center to bring attention to three unsolved murders.
They are asking anyone with information about these three murders to come forward.
In all three cases, young men lost their lives.
20-year-old Mario Amaro and 26-year-old Estaban Robles were shot a killed a month apart this past September and October.
Then 18-year-old Mor'deice Adams was gunned down in February.
His mother Tammy Masters addressed the 50-or-so people at the press conference put together by the local NAACP.
Detectives have been struggling to get witnesses to cooperate in all three cases.
It's actually a nationwide problem according to y-p-d.
"I want justice," says Masters, "My son deserves justice."
"Many of those crimes are committed by gangs, or drug dealers and in fear of retaliation witnesses are reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement," says Police Chief Sam Granato of the Yakima Police Department.
The chief adds that most murder convictions come from witness testimony, and in an effort to encourage witnesses in their case to come forward, Mor'deice Adams family has actually raised ten thousand dollars in reward money.
Anyone with information about these three unsolved murders should call Crimestoppers or the Yakima Police Department.