A Jacksonville man who just lost two family members to murder, and has another in jail for one of those killings, is calling on the community to come together and help JSO solve crimes.
“I’m split between a family member charged with murder and another family member deceased,” said Robert Richardson. “Do you make excuses, or do you be a part of the solution?”
His plea came the same night Sheriff Mike Williams held a community walk in Grand Park, in the same ZIP code Richardson lost loved ones.
Action News Jax showed you when surveillance video revealed the moments right before police said William Broadnax gunned down local father of five Derrick Hartley following an argument earlier this month.
Just two months before that, officers said Jamin Tolliver shot and killed his own stepfather, Tom Daniels, in his Moncrief home.
"I’m split between a family member charged with murder & another family member deceased. Do you make excuses, or do you be a part of the solution?"— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) April 18, 2019
He could essentially lose 3 family members in 2 months to violence. Tonight, he calls on the community to break the code of silence https://t.co/5nHRIo8Mno
All three men are Richardson’s cousins.
“It is a devastating domino effect,” Richardson said.
Both crimes occurred in Jacksonville’s 32209 ZIP code, part of JSO Zone 5.
It’s where Sheriff Williams held the community walk Wednesday evening.
He said new technology like ShotSpotter is helping with violence in the area, but Action News Jax used JSO data, and found 170 calls to within a half mile of there in the last six months.
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Many were for violent crimes.
“We felt like we’d get the most bang for our buck immediately in Zone 5, and we have,” Williams said.
“Sure, but is it helping? There’s been 170 calls here in the last six months,” Action News Jax reporter Russell Colburn said.
“Absolutely it’s helping,” Sheriff Williams said. “You’re always going to have weeks and months that don’t look good, and your numbers are going to spike. You really have to look at the long haul, 12 months, 18 months, two years.”
Richardson, knowing full well what violence does to a family, wants to see change.
“We need to stand behind the Sheriff’s Office,” Richardson said. “We need to No. 1, break the code of silence. If you know, tell. Pick up that phone.”
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