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Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

3:11 PM, Jun 27, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Candles and stuffed animals mark the spot on Haines and 31st streets where a young woman's body was found nearly a week ago.

Kalil McCoy's family says it's her, and they are planning the 19-year-old's funeral. The crime is unsolved.

"I worry about her safety," Alice Williams said of her 5-month-old niece she was holding in her arms.

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Williams is from the area. She already worries about her little niece. And some say there is a good reason for that.

"Black women are being targeted by black men," said Mikhail Muhammed, Kalil McCoy's uncle.

President of the local New Black Panther Party, Muhammed said he is doing his own investigation into his niece's murder, but he's also focused on making changes in the community.

"It's hard for me to sleep right now, hard for me to think. There's another life taken and presumably by a black male.  And so we have, seems problems in the black community and no longer can we be in denial and sweep it under the rug," said Muhammed.

Muhammed said the problem is simple, it's a lack of respect for life.

"This year, so far, we've had three young women come up missing and they were killed by acquaintances.  So, we believe we have to step up now and become more pro-active because the black woman's well being, her life is at stake."

Muhammed points to Kalil McCoy's death and another young woman by the name of Michelle McCoy.

The two are not related, but Muhammed said they are the reason something has to change. "I don't know how to fix it. I don't know what would fix it," said Alice Williams.

While some don't know what the solution is, Muhammed said he does.

He says it's all about educating kids, teaching respect and the value of of life.

"We have to value the woman and teach our young girls to make better choices with friends and people they are associating with," said Muhammed.

Family members say McCoy's funeral will be held in July.  The family is still working out the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

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