An Ark-La-Tex family refuses to give up hope now six years after someone gunned down their loved one on the streets of Shreveport. The anniversary of that unsolved double murder takes place on Sunday, May 12th. But one victim's family chose this Friday night to come together.
From the outside looking in, this might look like a typical, Friday (5/10/13) night crawfish boil. But take a closer look, beginning with the T-shirts worn by the friends and loved ones of murder victim Antonio Stringer, and you'll see this was a celebration of his life, cut short in a moment of violence that remains a mystery.
"I want them to continue to find out who did this to him because you're getting away with it. you're not getting punished," said Janice Stringer. Her younger brother, then-22 year old Antonio Stringer was gunned down and then run over by a car in the middle of 73rd Street and Southern Avenue in Shreveport along with 38-year old Clyde O'Neal, just after 1:00 a.m., back on May 12th, 2007.
Now six years after the double murder, Shreveport Police Spokesman Marcus Hines says that the investigation is not active and will only add that at least at this point, it appears that the attack was not random.
But, it was recent, unrelated violent crime in Shreveport-Bosier City that motivated Janice Stringer and her family to step forward now with one message for those thinking of committing future acts of violence. "It's not the answer. I mean walk away, either shake hands when you get through fighting, if that's the case. But murder is not the answer," added Stringer.
As a new generation of Stringer children enjoyed this night of food and fun, the family holds out hope that justice will be done in Antonio's murder eventually. Antonio's big brother Kevin added, "Watching his children grow up without their dad and stuff like that, you know, it's just crazy. I just, I just want justice, is all."
Shreveport Police say it's not too late to step forward and help solve this double murder case. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at: (318) 673-7373.