ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — A fatal shooting in Aliquippa earlier this week has prompted a meeting of community leaders in an effort to send out a message to people that police are serious about cracking down on crime.
Mayor Dwan Walker convened a meeting at City Hall, announcing plans to beef up police patrols in the city with the help of the Beaver County Sheriff.
Walker also said the city will begin putting more emphasis on its late night curfew for juveniles who are out past 11 p.m.
“There’s a mother crying right now and she wants closure and we need to give it to her,” he said.
The mayor was referring to this week’s shooting death of 25-year-old Marquay Riggins who was gunned down in the 300 block of the Linmar Terrace neighborhood.
Javon Clancy, 18, is wanted in connection with the shooting, but he’s still at-large. Police say he’s armed and dangerous.
Javon’s 19-year old brother, Jasper, is also on the run. He’s being sought in connection with a non-fatal drive-by shooting last month on Third Avenue.
Both brothers were facing attempted homicide charges back in 2010, but the victim refused to testify against them so they were never brought to trial.
District Attorney Anthony Berosh says he’ll prosecute lawbreakers to the fullest extent of the law, but people have to come forward with information.
“People have to understand helping us helps themselves,” he said. “It helps everyone.”
Surveillance video from the Monday Linmar Terrace homicide shows many people near the scene, but only a few have come forward to tell police what they saw.