BUFFALO, N. Y. (WIVB) – It’s an unusual form of closure that even the family of the victim wouldn’t wish upon their father’s killer.
“It sort of kinda spooked me a little bit,” said Nona Holman, who got a recent phone call from Buffalo Police Detectives asking to come over and talk to her about the case of her father’s unsolved murder. “Chills kind of went through my body because, what else could they tell me?”
It was almost five years since Joseph Washington was fatally shot at Main St. & Glenwood Avenue. No one was ever charged, no one went to trial, but the police showed up to tell her that the 24 year-old man who they believe killed her father was murdered last Christmas Eve on Klaus Street.
“To bring some closure, they were going to close my father’s case, due to extenuating circumstances, meaning that the person who murdered my father is now deceased himself and that they have all the evidence they really needed at the time, and that the case would now be closed,” Holman explained.
News 4 is not naming the man who was killed on Klaus Street, because he was never charged with the murder of Holman’s father and was only a suspect, according to Holman.
Street violence is something Nona had been fighting even before her Dad was killed. Her husband Murray heads up the Stop the Violence Coalition, and every year since her father’s death, they throw a Memorial Celebration at Martin Luther King Park for all the families of those touched by homicide.
“We do this from the kindness of our hearts, we don’t ask for a penny,” said Murray Holman.
“We’re going to feed then, we’re going to have giveaways,” she said. And this year, Nona says she would welcome the family of her Dad’s killer. “Oh, I would definitely love to see his family here. To know that his parents have to go through what I went through – it hurts.”
The Holmans are expecting at least 300 people to turn out for the 4th annual Stop the Violence Memorial Celebration of lives lost due to homicide on Saturday, August 29 at Martin Luther King Park. It runs from noon until 7 p.m., is free and open to all families affected by homicide.