Man set to testify murdered in driveway

September 16, 2008 2:49:28 PM PDT
Police are looking for a killer in New Jersey Tuesday after a 41-year-old man was gunned down in his driveway in Irvington. Members of the victim's family gathered to comfort each other and to cry near the spot where Tony Bryant was gunned down in the driveway of his home.

"I don't believe it," sister Mary Jackson said. "I can't. He didn't do nobody wrong. He helped everyone."

Bryant's relatives say he was still recovering from being shot earlier this year and was set to testify in a murder trial. They believe his death was an act of witness retaliation.

"My uncle just went through this a few months ago," niece Rashima Jackson said. "And once again, right in front of his house, for them to take him down like this is, I mean, something has to give."

This is the fifth murder in Irvington in less than eight days. Last week, four family members where killed, including a 13-year-old girl. Two of the victims were burned beyond recognition in a fire that authorities say was intentionally set to cover the crime.

The murder Monday night has residents asking when the violence will come to an end.

"We want to love," resident Vangerl Dupiny said. "That's all we was about, is loving people. We is about that. We try to do nothing but show some love. It's hard."

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STORY BY: New Jersey reporter Anthony Johnson

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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