Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) A very tragic turn of events for a group trying to raise awareness about violent crimes and murder.
A crew member for a man now walking from Buffalo to Washington D.C. learns a member of his own family was murdered-- on the very same day this group began their mission.
Murray Holman's Father-in-law was shot and killed at an East Side Gas station.
Holman drives the bus for the Stop the Violence Coalition and played a critical role in the group's monumental walk.
The bus was trailing behind Randy Sargent, who is walking to ask lawmakers to help stop violence in Buffalo and other cities.
Saturday, when the group began their mission, Murray was called and told his Father-in-law was shot and killed on Glenwood Avenue near Main Street.
Joseph Washington was gunned down in another senseless act of violence-- caught in the fire-- when gunshots rang out at the gas station.
The gunman has still not been found.
Murray was forced to return home to Buffalo to begin preparing for his Father-in-Law's funeral.
It was a huge setback-- but the walk will continue.
Murray's son will now take over where his dad left off-- getting in the drivers seat to help Randy Sargent continue on his mission.
"Yes we are mourning-- but this fight must go on-- it's too important," Says Murray.
Sargent is now walking solo until Murray Jr. can meet him.
At last check, Sargent was in Southern N.Y.
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If you have information on the murder of Joseph Washington you are asked to contact the Buffalo Police confidential Tipline:
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