Rasheed Baker's family pushes on: Matt's Memo
They filled South Salina Street marching through the center of downtown Syracuse. Wearing white the family, friends and supporters of Rasheed Baker made it clear they are the good guys. The murder victim's grandmother talked about standing up. His mother said she hopes and prays she gets the call from the Syracuse Police - they have found her son's killer.
Rasheada Caldwell challenged the shooter to turn himself into police. The group also challenged the community to step up with that one piece of information that could lead to the shooter. So far a $10,000 reward has not been enough incentive to bring forward a witness. It is possible the only person who was there other than the shooter was the victim himself.
This crime appears, so far, to be different than most homicides in Syracuse. Rasheed Baker has received universal praise for being a good young man with a bright future. It is more common in Syracuse that a murder victim is not an upstanding citizen. We do not know what detectives have uncovered or the leads they have followed. We do know they have not publicly offered a suspect description.
The Rally for Rasheed marked three weeks since his death. The family appears prepared for the long haul. They will not let this community rest until the shooter is found.