Family members of homicide victims still looking for answers

120 wooden stakes are in the ground next to 120 names at East Central Towers near downtown. They represent the 120 homicide victims in Fort Wayne since 2016.

Posted: Aug 19, 2018 9:25 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2018 10:41 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- 120 wooden stakes are in the ground next to 120 names at East Central Towers near downtown. They represent the 120 homicide victims in Fort Wayne since 2016. Many of these families still have not seen justice, including David Miller and his family.

Miller said his grandson, Spencer Smith, was a normal 20-year-old who loved people and always had big ideas.

"If he met you on the street, he treated you like he had known you all his life, so he was a good person," Miller said.

Spencer died on August 19th, 2017 outside the East Central Towers.
"They shot him twice in the chest and five in the back...They took his wallet, cellphone, backpack, and a knife that he had," he said.

One year later, David Miller handed out candles and built a cross to let everyone know he's not giving up. Miller said the prosecutors office has identified two people who could be responsible for Spencer's death.

"They know who they are, but they say they don't have enough evidence to charge them with anything," he said.

Stacey Davis said her son was also murdered, and just like David Miller, Davis is waiting for answers.

"It's devastating. It really is, and it makes you feel like those in power don't care," Davis said.

She said seeing cases like April Tinsley's solved gives her hope.

"We stand strong with the Tinsley family. We're absolutely thrilled that they're going to finally see justice in their case. I hope I don't have to wait 30 years, and I'm sorry that they did," Davis said.

Davis is also a member of JAVA, an advocacy group standing with family members of murder victims in the city.

"Watch for Java events in the future, we're going to be getting loud and bringing families together like never before," Davis said.

If you have any information on any of the unsolved homicides in Fort Wayne, you're urged to contact Fort Wayne police or Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.

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