Mother angered for lack of public outcry after her son's murder in St. Louis

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 5:43 PM

(KMOV.com) – Several hundred people have been shot and killed in St. Louis City and County alone over the past few years and now their families are wondering why their loved ones never received the same attention given to Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Shirley Washington’s son Michael was murdered eight years ago at a St. Louis car wash and window tinting company. For years, she said she put out flyers and walked the streets trying to get interest in her son’s case, but she said there was no public outcry, no public demonstrations and no heavy prosecution from national leaders.

“Where were you when my son was killed?” Washington asked, “Nobody came to walk with us. I walked up and down Natural Bridge passing out flyers for my son and nobody came. I’m so angry.”

Washington said she did initiate contact with national civil rights leaders as well as Michael Brown’s family attorney Benjamin Crump, but said she never got a response or a visit.

“I think they’re there because a white person did it,” Washington added, “Because a policeman did it, that’s why they’re there.”

Washington also said she understands the deeper issues that pushed Ferguson into a major national event, but that she doesn’t understand why there wasn’t more of an outcry for her son.

“Why can’t I get some justice,” she asked, “Where’s my justice?”

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