It was May 1, 1993–a warm day that brought out about 30 neighbors on 14th Street, talking and laughing.
Reggie Foston, now of Columbus, says his cousin Clyde “Popcorn” McGhee was 20 years old.
Suddenly three young men pulled up in a car, claimed they were armed, and ordered Popcorn and his friends to the ground in a robbery attempt.
At one point, Foston recalls, Popcorn said no, and stood up to the would-be robbers.
At that moment, two shots rang out.
Foston says they rushed Popcorn to OVMC, but he died as they pulled into the parking lot.
Now, more than a quarter century later, family members met in Wheeling, to go to the spot where it happened, talk, pray and above all, give a message to the community.
“I want to say to the people out there, to the kids out there, to the young adults out there, in the Valley and everywhere, put the guns down,” said Foston. “Just put the guns down. And talk it out.”
Popcorn’s grown son, who was almost one year old at the time, agreed.
“Put the guns down,” said Cammeron McGhee of Columbus. “That’s not the right way to do things. If you absolutely have to get confrontational, just use these right here, that’s all,” he said, gesturing with his fists. “Ain’t no need to pick up no guns.”
“At least we’re coming to some kind of closure,” said Pearl Foston, Popcorn’s second cousin. “We still want justice. But in the end, when it comes down to it, God will deal out the justice. He knows what happened that day.”
The family wore “Justice for Poppy T-shirts.
The murder has never been solved, and they would like to see closure in that regard also.
But they say above all, gun violence has to stop.