Grieving Father Makes Urgent Plea

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 13, 2006

A father grieving the loss of his son is searching for answers Thursday night.

His teenager shot and killed in Charlottesville one month ago and now he speaks exclusively to the Newsplex.

There are still no arrests in the shooting death of Gerald Washington Jr. and Thursday his father makes an urgent plea for one last witness in this case to come forward.

“Whoever these witnesses are to please come into the police station and tell what you know so everybody can be at rest,” said Washington.

Gerald Washington Sr. wants to know the truth and he believes this missing witness holds the answers. Police are also asking you for help to track down this man.

“Just moments after this very tragic shooting occurred a man we only know now as Gary fled the scene before the arrival of police,” stated Charlottesville police chief Tim Longo.

Washington’s son was shot multiple times outside a home on 6th St. SE four weeks ago. He died minutes later.

“I talked to him Monday and he said ‘Dad, I’ll call you Tuesday.’ [But there was] no call,” said Washington.

Police said Washington had a knife and the shooter may have acted in self-defense.

“I'm not buying self-defense. No way. There's no way you can do...something like that and call it self-defense,” said Washington.

This missing witness could provide the information needed to prove if this was indeed self-defense, or something more.

“I just want the truth out. I don't want to believe that my son had a knife trying to attack this guy. I don't want to believe that,” said Washington.

Police only know the witness's name is Gary. He's a black male in his 20’s with light complexion, about 5' 10" and has a medium build. If you have any information you’re asked to call police immediately.

Authorities are waiting on this witness to come forward before deciding whether or not to file charges against the shooter.

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