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Newsletter aims to help solve murders in Buffalo

Posted at 11:30 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 23:30:17-04

There have been 20 homicides in the city of Buffalo in 2017, only one has been solved.

Common Council President and Pastor Darius Pridgen is fighting to keep the memory of those victims alive with the help of a new publication.

Daveda Patterson lost a son to an unsolved 2014 murder. Ronnie Scott was a 17-year-old father who was shot during a drive-by in August of 2014.

“It's sad because his friends know who killed him,” said Patterson.

That’s a challenge detectives deal with every day. Those who know about homicides, but don't say anything.

“It puts part of the onus back on the community who might have information that the police just does not,” said Pridgen.

Pridgen is creating a newsletter detailing the victims of unsolved homicides in Buffalo. He plans to distribute them quarterly throughout the city and post it online.

“Whether it's a cold case from ten years ago or a case from ten days ago,” added Pridgen.

Patterson is confident justice will be served for her son. She also believes a newsletter like this, might remind people why it's so important to come forward with information.

“I don't want another parent to feel the way I feel,” said Patterson.