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July 20, 2005

He Died in His Sister's Arms

Your home is supposed to be your refuge, your place to relax and recover from the daily grind. It's supposed to be the place you retreat to, someplace you feel safe. But that refuge can be quickly violated, and worlds can be quickly shattered.

It was late in the evening back on October 20th of last year, and 23-year-old Ron Powell was getting ready to go to work, leaving from this house here in the Glen Oaks neighborhood on Dalark Drive. His mother and sister were also at home.

It was about 10:30 at night, Ron was outside, sitting on the tailgate of a truck, talking on the phone. That's when somebody approached him, and whoever that was, ended much more than just that phone call.

Ron's mother, Stacy McCray says, "I just heard shots, a lot of shots. I knew he was outside on the phone."

His mother said it sounded like at least a dozen shots were fired, she kept waiting for it to end. When it finally did, she and her daughter raced outside to check on her son.

"We looked on the back of the truck and there he was, laying in a pool of blood."

His sister, Akiko, jumped in the back of the truck, trying to help him. "I had called 911 and lady on the phone was walking me through what to do," she says.

A brave effort from his young sister, but the bullets just did too much damage. "She was working with him, trying to save him," remembers Stacy. "He died in her arms."

Police believe either the killer snuck up on Ron, or was familiar to him, because according to police, the friend Ron was talking to on the phone, says she never heard any yelling before the phone went dead.

For police, who have visited this area numerous times in the last year, now it's all about getting some community help. According to Detective Brian Hatch, "We've had several homicides in the Glen Oaks area, in the last year. The ones we've solved have been from the help of the community calling in."

Ron's family has since moved, they couldn't stay there anymore, it was no longer their home. Ron's stepfather, Gerald, says, "For someone to come to your home and do something like this, it's just unbelievable."

They are forced to believe it now, though, because every morning they wake up, and Ron is no longer there. A mother without a son, a sister without a brother, another young child without her daddy. Will it ever stop?

If you think you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a reward of up to one thousand dollars.

Reporter: Matt Williams

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