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Family, friends and strangers march to "Save Our City" in light of Mariah Wilson murder

Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 18:23:59-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Voices filled the streets of Niagara Falls screaming for justice for Mariah Wilson. Wilson, a mother of two, was beaten to death inside her home on Lasalle Avenue and 17th Street in Niagara Falls on September 4th.

“After that, there's just silence. Nothing. Nothing besides the blanket statement that it's an ongoing investigation. We're covering all angles,” said Mariah’s sister Jontae Scott.

The family is asking why, after so many weeks, do they not know who killed Mariah?

“We need to demand respect and attention when we share the stories of black women, when we share the stories of any victim of violent crime. We need to make sure all those victims get the same respect,” Julia Stevens, Mariah’s cousin, said.

The group voiced concerns to Niagara County 4th District Legislator Owen Steed. Shortly after, friends, family and strangers marched to the Niagara Falls Police station on Main Street to “Save Our City.”

“Everybody standing here knows that it won't be enough. Us standing here, us gathering here will never be enough. This is just the first step,” Stevens said.

They are calling for the city of Niagara Falls to come together.

“This is not a white thing. This is not a Black thing. This is not an Indian thing. This is us. Together,” Jill Shaw said.