Crime & Courts

Family seeks clues in 2009 shooting

James Kenneth McGill, center, looks over as his son Joshua, 19, is hugged by a well-wisher after a press conference at Antioch Baptist Church. James McGill’s son Ja’Ron was 19 when he was gunned down on Aug. 2, 2009, as he walked home from his girlfriend's house.
James Kenneth McGill, center, looks over as his son Joshua, 19, is hugged by a well-wisher after a press conference at Antioch Baptist Church. James McGill’s son Ja’Ron was 19 when he was gunned down on Aug. 2, 2009, as he walked home from his girlfriend's house. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

It’s been 5 1/2 years since James and Jackie McGill’s 19-year-old son was shot and killed while walking home from his girlfriend’s house in a northeast Charlotte neighborhood.

“There has not been a day that has gone by that we don’t think about, remember Ja’Ron,” James McGill said at a news conference Tuesday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, his wife by his side.

Closure for the family will never happen as long as Ja’Ron’s killer or killers remain on the loose, James McGill said.

The McGills joined police in renewing their pleas for information that will lead to an arrest in the case. “Our goal is to get this resolved,” James McGill said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. An additional $4,000 has been raised by the community, police said.

Ja’Ron had recently enrolled at Hawthorne High School and looked forward to the day he’d graduate. He played drums in his church band and was excited to have a baby on the way. His girlfriend gave birth to their son about three months after Ja’Ron’s killing.

Police said several people confronted Ja’Ron as he walked home about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 2009, in the 4500 block of Colby Road. He was shot in the stomach and died later in the hospital.

Police Capt. Cecil Brisbon said police continue to investigate leads in the case.

“There are some things that we’ve been working on that we’re still trying to get to the bottom of, so there is some activity in the case,” Brisbon said. “I can’t be very specific about what that is...Unfortunately, we do not have the information that would really help us galvanize this case at this time.”

James McGill said the family’s faith in God keeps them going, along with support from their church and the community.

Their focus, he said, is on their grandson, Ja’Ron II. They show him pictures of his dad and tell all about him, though the youngster is still too young to be told what happened to his father, James McGill said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak with a homicide unit detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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