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Warren murder victim’s mother still seeking justice one year after killing

Warren murder victim’s mother still seeking justice one year after killing

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It is a cycle of violence that continues to torment this family.

LaRhonda McPeters spent part of her Tuesday cleaning up a basketball court on Jackson Street in Warren, a place once intended for fun and games but now a painful reminder of the tragedy.

“He wasn’t doing anything, he was just there playing basketball and they got there and Wan’King tried to warn Eddie, but by the time Eddie turned around it was too late,” McPeters said.

McPeters, the mother of Eddie Bryant Jr., who was shot and killed a year ago on July 9, turned the courthouse into a makeshift memorial in his honor.

“I tried to reach him, but they wouldn’t let me,” McPeters said, through tears.

Bryant’s younger brother, Wan’King, was also injured that day, when he was shot in the leg as he tried to warn Bryant of approaching shooters. It’s a cycle of violence that continues to torment this family.

“I’m always scared,” McPeters said. “When I go to stores and stuff, I watch my shoulders because I was told once that I was caught slipping in a cell phone store on Liberty, like something could have been done to me,” she said.

Honeya Price, a councilwoman from Warren’s 6th Ward, said she has seen families exhausted by the city’s violence and sometimes has to act as a victims’ advocate.

“When you see so many mothers and fathers abandoned, the only thing you can do at first is pray for them,” Price said. “But most of the time, you have to counsel them, you have to consult with them,” she added.

Price believes there will never be enough resources to help keep young people busy and safe. She said getting them on the right path starts at home.

More than anything, McPeters wants justice to be served and for Bryant’s name to never be forgotten.

21 News reached out to Warren police to see if there has been any update in Bryant’s case. As of this writing, we have not heard back.