“On December 29, 2017, I received a call that my son had been shot. The second time they called that he was killed, ”said the founder of the group.
HOUSTON. An organization participating in the MLK parade in Houston draws attention to unsolved murders in the city.
John Marsden is the founder of the Houston Unsolved Murders.
“On December 29, 2017, I received a call that my son had been shot. The second time they called that he was killed,” he said.
His organization supports victims’ families by spreading the word about violence and gun crime.
Marsden founded the band in 2018 after the loss of his 22-year-old son Fabian Smith.
“He was a good kid, he was a very loving, energetic kid. Loved to eat, I just love him with all my heart and miss him so much,” said Marsden.
He says Fabian was shot dead near the intersection of Buffalo Speedway and Orem Drive in South Houston.
“He was walking with his friends across the street and someone drove by and started shooting, and that was my last child,” Marsden said.
His son’s case remains unsolved.
“It’s a pain that I don’t think parents should ever experience in life,” Marsden said.
For the past four years, his organization has participated in the MLK parade in Houston.
Marsden said the group’s goal is to help draw more attention to cases that have gone unaddressed.
“It gives hope to families to go out and take some pressure off, to go out to save the name of their loved ones, to wear their loved one’s shirt, to bring their banners, to bring their posters,” he said.
They invite families affected by such tragedies to join their fight for justice.
“Come out and come with us,” he said.
Marsden said walking through the parade is a visual representation of loved ones who had to pick up the pieces of a senseless crime.
“Now we have a crisis in Houston. There are too many incidents, too much violence, too many children killing children, Marsden said.
Families interested in participating in the walk can contact John Marsden at 832-960-0074 or through the group’s website or Facebook page.