FERGUSON, MO. (KPLR) – There was a huge turnout on Labor Day evening at a vigil for two women, found shot to death to early Friday morning at the Oakmont Townhomes in Ferguson. One the women’s daughters, age 1, was found crying, beside her dead mother, with dried blood on her feet.
The vigil ended after about an hour; the crowd remained for another hour. Fox 2 had a first look at a key piece of evidence and also learned police were looking for one person in particular, but had yet to release his name or call him a suspect.
The vigil was at the Oakmont Townhomes, the scene of the murders. The victims’ loved ones prayed for justice, in the name of that little girl.
Among the more than 100 friends relatives there, was Sharmere Johnson, 1, the little girl found crying near her murdered mother, Tasheers Johnson, 29. The little girl was physically unharmed but investigators say she’d been there with her murdered mother for up to 24 hours.
Claudia Williams, 30, was also killed. She and Johnson were long time friends. Williams’ twin brother, Alonzo Williams, found them in his sister’s townhome after being unable to reach her.
A number of those at the vigil were Williams’s classmates from Sanford-Brown College, where she’d just graduated from the medical assistant program.
That key piece of evidence is Williams’ 2006, white, Pontiac Grand Prix. Police believe the killer fled the scene in it. There’s still dust on it from investigators’ search for fingerprints.
They found the car in Madison County, Illinois, Friday afternoon.
Both police and the victims’ loved ones believe someone out there can help connect that car to the killer.
Tasheera Johnson’s sister, Monique Brimmer, is now caring for the little girl. Brimmer said life had been tough for the little girl in the days since the murder.
“She points at her (mother’s) bedroom and it’s just an empty room. It’s hard because we know what she’s feeling but she can’t speak to tell us what she’s feeling,” Brimmer said.
“She wants her mom?” asked Fox 2’s Andy Banker.
“That’s all she wants,” Brimmer said.
“It’s heartbreaking. There’s no words,” Alonzo Williams said. “I’m not going to be the same person. There’s nothing I can do to try to fill that hole.”
“I really believe in my heart, somebody knows something,” said Garland Moore, a friend of both victims.
Though no one seemed to be coming forward with information, he hoped and prayed the vigil would change that.
“We’re going to stop this violence now. We’ve got to,” he shouted to the crowd, surrounded by candles and the sound of sobbing.
If you have any information, call Ferguson police or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. You don’t have to leave your name and you may get a $1000 reward.