Crowd demands justice for Fort Wayne teens shot, killed at Shell gas station

The demonstration comes as 32-year-old Joseph Bossard of Fort Wayne appeared virtually in a preliminary hearing on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 11:02 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2021 10:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — For Chaunda Hall, the feeling of losing a loved one is almost indescribable.

“The only words that I can bring close is… is really, hell on earth,” Hall said.

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Protesters gather outside the Allen County Courthouse on Feb. 23, 2021. WFFT

But the Fort Wayne community organized to show that the families of Josh Cooper, Anderson Retic and Jaylin Rice are not alone.

"The support of the community is really holding us up, because if we were alone right now, I don’t know that we would make it," Hall said.

Over 100 people gathered in front of the Allen County Courthouse Tuesday morning to show support for and demand justice for the victims of last Wednesday’s shooting on Hobson Road.

Alleged shooter Joseph Bossard is charged with two counts of murder, and one count of attempted murder. Jaylin Rice is the only surviving victim. Family and friends say he is awake and talking in the hospital.

Social justice group Changemakers attended the gathering with demands that include a fair and transparent investigation that takes into consideration Bossard’s racial bias.

Bossard is white. The three victims are black.

They also request no plea deal is offered. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael McAlexander says the families need time to grieve first.

"Justice is something that is individual to each person as to how they do that, but that’s why we will be working with the families to go over all of their options that the criminal justice system can offer," McAlexander said.

For that, Javon Warfield is grateful, but he isn’t satisfied just yet.

“There’s still a long way to go," said Warfield, who is a cousin of Cooper and Rice. "There has not been justice yet. There’s a difference between charges and convictions.”

McAlexander says he pledges his best effort towards solving and prosecuting the crime to fullest extent, and that he won’t make any decision without talking with the families.

The demonstration comes as 32-year-old Joseph Bossard of Fort Wayne appeared virtually in a preliminary hearing on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police say Bossard and the teens had a confrontation inside the shell gas station on Hobson Road on Feb. 17.

Court documents say Bossard drove away but returned and opened fire on them near the gas pump.

The teens drove about a half-mile down Hobson Road before the car jumped the curb and hit a snowbank. 

Anderson Retic and Joshua Cole Cooper, both 19, died at the scene. A third person is in the hospital. 

Demonstrators say they want Bossard prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

Family members told FOX 55 News last week that they believe the shooting was racially motivated. 

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