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“People are very nervous, very concerned that the person who did this crime is still loose,” said Rev. Jackie Robinson, a member of the city’s African American Pastoral Alliance. “We’re talking about organizing a meeting and inviting the whole community to come and share their concerns, with counselors to try to relieve people of stress and anxiety.”
Myers's sister Shakera Symes is now raising Smith, who had already been staying with her for the past two months. She is now pleading with the public to help police catch the murderer.
"Give the information to the authorities so that they can help find the person who has destroyed us, emotionally, mentally," she told to the Times Union. "It feels like somebody has ripped us to shreds."
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"It's going to devastate us for a very, very long time. And to have to raise the oldest, knowing he lost his entire family that day … that's not a job that's going to be easy for me," she continued. "My sister was supposed to be with me and her children, all three of them, for Christmas and I got robbed of that opportunity."