BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) "There's one thing they can't take the memories away from us, and the memories that we hold dear of Willie. That's something that we can shut up in the closets of our minds," said Pastor Harold B. Young Sr. from the pulpit of the funeral service Saturday.
The memories of 26-year-old Willie McCaa III are what his family and friends are holding on to. Willie was a top notch football player at Burgard High School and a loving father to two children. Hundreds of people flooded into Willie's funeral at the Pentecostal Temple Church Of God In Christ on Jefferson Avenue, including Mayor Byron Brown and Senator Antoine Thompson. Willie's funeral was the final service of the four victims killed one week ago today by an unknown gunman outside City Grill Restaurant in downtown Buffalo.
While this may culminate the public ceremonies for funerals and wakes it does not end this case by any stretch of the imagination," said Reverend Matthew Brown, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God and Christ.
"These people are wounded and it's going to take a long time for them to heal, that's why I thank God for this mayor and our Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools and all those involved in the charter school system because it's going to take a long time to turn this around," said Director of Pastoral Care at ECMC.
As loved ones console each other in their time of grief officials promising protection to anyone who comes forward with information to help them solve these murders and provide closure to the families.
"The police will provide protection, the district attorney will provide protection, if they (witnesses) have issues with the criminal justice system, people will support them coming forward," said Buffalo Mayor, Byron Brown.
"One very callus and insensitive person took four lives and accelerated their eternal rest and this community must accelerate their justice," said Reverend Matthew Brown.
At the funeral Saturday, grief and crisis counselors were standing by for mourners. A reward fund started by True Bethel Baptist Church is already at $20,000 for anyone who leads police to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
Police are asking anyone with information to call or text the contact the Confidential Tip Line at (716) 847-2255.