Father of Shooting Victim Speaks Out

June 1, 2011 Updated Jun 1, 2011 at 11:36 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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June 1, 2011 Updated Jun 1, 2011 at 11:36 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) - The sounds of summer fill Cheektowaga Town Park as a softball league enjoys a perfect summer evening.

One day earlier, it was the sound of gunshots that filled the park as a 19-year-old Buffalo man was gunned down and killed in front of 100 people.

"At this particular point, we're just hoping that we're able to garner some information from all those people," said Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack.

Ira Watkins, a 2009 graduate of Riverside High School in Buffalo was killed. The young man was a student at ECC, where he was studying to become a police officer, according to his father.

"This didn't make no sense because he wasn't no street guy," said the victim's father, Ira G. Watkins. "He wasn't in no gang or nothing."

Police are reviewing a surveillance video of the incident hoping to identify the shooter or witnesses.

"There's hundreds of people on that video so we are going to be pouring over that hours and hours - trying to identify certain people in those videos," Zack said.

Ira's father said his son's friends, who witnessed the killing, know the shooter by name.

"Yeah they know who he is," he said. Know his name and everything. Know where he live and everything."