JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville family is demanding answers in the death of a local grandfather.
The family says Curtis Worth, 57, was killed on Franklin Street on June 1.
“It’s unbearable for us right now, to lose my dad,” Curtisena Williams said.
She said he was a loving father and grandfather who could make anyone laugh.
“He would have us dying laughing, like crying,” she said. “I just miss everything about him.”
After a prayer, Worth’s family and friends walked the neighborhood, urging anyone with information to come forward.
They’re not alone in their frustration. Worth is among 70 people murdered in Jacksonville so far in 2019.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's data shows 14 other homicides are pending classification.
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“That’s too many. That’s too many families hurting,” AJ Jordan, with MAD DADS, said.
MAD DADS has been helping families in Jacksonville search for answers in their loved ones' deaths for years.
With Mayor Lenny Curry’s nearly $1.4 billion budget under review, they’re hoping new money means change in these neighborhoods.
“We need more funds going into jobs and other things," MAD DADS President Donald Foy said. "Things that would help the structure of the community so we can remove the element of the crime from our community."
The Eastside neighborhood where Worth was killed is one of the two areas the city’s Cure Violence initiative is targeting.
The initiative launched in early June, right around when Worth was murdered.
“We just need to get justice for my dad, and we’re praying we get it,” Williams said.
Anyone with information about his death is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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