Murdered Gary baby remembered at vigil
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent January 28, 2013 5:01PM
Donna Shaw, right, shares a hug with pastor Gloria Eldrdige during a memorial service for Shaw's grandson Josiah in Gary Monday Jan. 28, 2013. The service marked the fifth year since 13-month old Josiah Shaw was shot to death near 21st and Virginia. Organziers continued to ask anyone with information about the shooter to please speak up. Angela Williams, of Gary, is at left. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
A “Crimestoppers/Case Files” episode featuring the Josiah Shaw case will air at 11 p.m. on Channel WPWR-My50 within the next few weeks. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the Gary Police Department’s tip line at (866) CRIME-GP. Information is kept confidential, and there are monetary rewards upon a case getting solved.
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:56PM
GARY — Family and friends of Josiah Shaw believe 2013 will be the year someone finally comes forward with information on who killed him.
Supporters and family passed out fliers at the corner of 21st Avenue and Virginia Street Monday morning as audio of the 911 call placed by Kwana Shaw’s friend after Josiah Shaw was shot Jan. 28, 2008, blared from the Yash Fuel and Food parking lot. The alleged shooter fled in Kwana Shaw’s car with the 13-month-old Josiah in the back seat.
The boy was found minutes later in the abandoned vehicle, shot in the face and groin. He died a short time later.
Despite a $5,000 reward, no one has come forward to help law enforcement solve the crime, said community activist Dwight Taylor, who has organized a vigil at the gas station every year since.
“As long as the perpetrators are still out there, we’re going to be here,” Taylor said. “Five years ago, a 13-month-old, helpless and defenseless baby was killed for what?”
A new interest in the case may evolve via a segment on TV show “Crimestoppers/Case Files.” Its host, Lisette Guillen, recently filmed a segment with members of the Shaw family that is expected to air in a few weeks.
“We need to do this with all cases out there,” Guillen said. “There are so many families out there who are hurting.”
Several people denounced the Gary Police Department’s handling of the case, saying it shouldn’t be taking this long. Part of the issue, as it is with many cases that go unsolved, is that people are afraid to come forward with information, said city cpokeswoman Chelsea Whittington.
“(The city) is just as frustrated,” Whittington said. “But we invite anyone who sees anything to please report it. It’s critical for people to share what they see to our Police Department.”
Of 149 tips the Gary Police Department has received since the tip line’s inception, six of them resulted in cases being solved, Whittington said.
Josiah’s grandmother, Donna Shaw, said her daughter has her days where it’s hard to keep it together. They, too, wish someone would come forward with something useful for police.
“People are scared and think they’re not going to be protected,” Shaw said. “But they have to come forward.”
But they believe justice will be served.
“We trust in the Lord. We know this year justice will be brought.”