Vigil Seeks Answers in Unsolved Murders
Turning tragedy into something positive. That is the goal of a vigil and walk in Decatur held in honor of a teen gunned down on his way home from Decatur Celebration two years ago.
It was a night just like this one when 17-year-old Caleb Witty lost his life.
"It was a tragedy that didn't need to happen. Somebody chose to make this happen," Decatur Police Lieutenant Jason Walker said.
Police say on August 4th, 2011 two men tried to rob Witty and his younger sister Michaela near the 2200 block of East Johns Avenue. It is because of Caleb that Michaela is still alive.
"They raised the gun. Caleb pushed his sister, got in front of the shooter and told my niece to run. She ran, he got shot," Michaela's Aunt Lindsey Binkley said.
Fast forward two years later and the crime is unsolved. Dozens of people are crowded in front of the Decatur Civic Center to change that.
"I'm so excited that sometimes I think I'm going to cry because I didn't think that us doing this was going to have this many people here," Caleb's sister Michaela Kirby said.
People are holding signs and holding hands not only for justice for Caleb but for every other unsolved murder in the area.
"We don't want people to forget. And that's why we're here. To give them a voice," Binkley said.
Walking past the very carnival Caleb visited last they hand out flyers and ribbons.
"Somebody out there knows something," Michaela's grandfather Doug Binkley said.
And until police know what that something is this family, and all the other families here mourning, will not give up hope.
"I would just tell him that I love him. And thank you," Kirby said.
Witty's family says there are no dedication colors used in ribbons to represent unsolved murders. That is why they made the ribbons they handed out red, black and white. Red and black are currently used in ribbons for murder victims and white is used for justice. Witty's family says they hope to hold a similar vigil for years to come.
An anonymous donor is offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and court charge in the Caleb Witty murder case. A separate $10,000 is also being offered for information on the 1994 murder of Sherry Lewis. Those offers will expire at the end of the month.
If you have information on either one of these cases call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.