Police Continue to Search For Murder Suspect - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/07

Police Continue to Search For Murder Suspect

Lubbock Police are following several leads in the Saturday shooting death of a Lubbock man but still have no suspect and no description.

John Wilkerson, 28, died around 11:30 Saturday night after being shot multiple times outside a home in the 2700 block of East 2nd Street. When officers arrived on the scene Wilkerson was lying dead on his driveway. He had been shot multiple times.

Now in Wilkerson's place lay chalk written messages from family and friends expressing their love for John and hope for peace, but Monday his sister admitted she felt her brother was in danger.

"My sister and I wanted to take him away. We wanted to get him out of Lubbock," says Ashley Wilkerson, Wilkerson's sister.

But Saturday night, John Wilkerson was gunned down in his driveway in the 2700 block of East 2nd Street. Witnesses reportedly saw a vehicle leave the scene but police have not released any suspect information.

Authorities did tell NewsChannel 11 they are following a number of leads, but family and friends of Wilkerson believe they know who fired the gun.

"We have an idea of who done it. We have an idea," says Patricia Phillips, Wilkerson's aunt.

Family members tell NewsChannel 11 Wilkerson had fought and overcome numerous obstacles in his 28 years. John was shot in the leg at the age of 13 and had walked with crutches ever since.

"There are not a lot of options here for young black people in general, especially not young black men who have already been marked by the system. And just because these individuals have been marked by the system does not mean they don't deserve to live," says Ashley.

So family and friends are doing their part to keep John's memory alive through chalk-written messages where John's lifeless body once lay. Their words speak not of revenge but of peace.

"I hope whoever took it upon themselves to try to play God and take somebody's life...if they can go to sleep at night without any regrets, if they can go to sleep at night without even thinking about this, then they've been dead a long time ago," says Ashley.

John leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter. The family is planning a funeral for Friday afternoon.

If you have any information that could help police, please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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