Victim advocacy group, JAVA, works with families of homicide victims

JAVA stands for justice, accountability and victim advocacy. They plan to hold another meeting at the end of October.

Posted: Sep 23, 2018 7:25 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 6:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Family and friends of homicide victims gathered at the Allen County court house for an event held by a new advocacy group in Fort Wayne, JAVA. 

Abigail Banks was among the family members there to remember a victim. 

”My son, Shaquille Javon Rancefer, was shot and killed February 20th, in his apartment, unarmed, in the back of his head," she said. 

Banks is still waiting for justice for her son. She said she knows who did it, but there isn't enough evidence. 

”Right now, my grandson looks at me and says, 'Grandma, Why did my dad have to die?'” she said. 

Her son is among dozens of names written on the sidewalk at the court house, and being remembered by JAVA. 

”We are today, celebrating any homicide victim who had an angel date in September, or a birthday in September," said Amy Davis. 

Davis said advocacy can lead to justice. That's why the group plans to meet every month, and invite families to join. 

”What we hope to do is match people up. These families can be matched up with resources," Davis said. 

Davis said she can't understand everyone's pain, but she can offer support. 

”It is also very shocking to see this many people standing around still waiting for justice," she said. 

And Banks said if you see something, say something. 

”That’ll stop these kids from killing in broad daylight," she said. 

JAVA stands for justice, accountability and victim advocacy. They plan to hold another meeting at the end of October. 

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