Earlier this week, 7News brought you the story of a family coming together in Wheeling, 26 years after a loved one was gunned down in a robbery attempt.
The family of Clyde “Popcorn” McGhee says the killer was never caught and punished.
But their main message is that gun violence has to stop.
McGhee’s cousin, Reggie Foston, remembers that fateful day.
He says May 1, 1993, was a warm spring day that brought 30 people out on the sidewalks.
“Back then, people came out,” Foston. recalled. “People came out to socialize.”
He says three young men drove up and ordered Popcorn and two of his friends to the ground.
They reached in his pocket and took his chain.
“But he stood up and tried to get away,” Foston said. “He said ‘You keep robbing me, you ain’t gonna rob me.’ And a shot rang out.”
In the chaos, no one saw where it came from.
Friends and family drove Popcorn to the hospital.
“I started seeing the blood coming down on my feet, and he started throwing up blood,” Foston said. “And I was asking him who shot him, if he knew. He was trying to talk to me, but he couldn’t get it out.”
They pulled up to the emergency room door.
“And that’s when he just looked at me and squeezed my hand, and he was gone,” Foston said.
Popcorn’s son, Cammeron McGhee of Columbus, came to Wheeling for this family gathering to honor his father.
“I was barely one year old when it happened,” said Cammeron. “But I’ve heard a lot–a lot of good things about him. So he’s always in my heart and with my spirit.”
The family wishes the shooter had been arrested.
“After all these years, still no justice,” Cammeron said. “I don’t understand. But I mean I’m not gonna be stuck on that. I just want to celebrate–celebrate his life.”
The family’s message to the community is that gun violence needs to end.
“Put down the guns,” they said.