DA: Silence slowing progress in 3 Lancaster homicide cases

Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities say they’re close to solving three homicides in the city since late May, but they need help from witnesses who have been unwilling to talk.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and police officials made a plea Tuesday for those witnesses to come forward.

Authorities also tried a new tactic: broadcasting their plea in Spanish on the police department’s YouTube page.

“We know there are people who know what happened in each one of these cases sitting out there right now,” Stedman said.

The cases include the killing of 16-year-old Benjamin Ramos, a McCaskey High School student. He was stabbed during a fight between two groups of people in the 900 block of Fremont Street on June 12 and died at a hospital the following morning.

Tyreek Gardner, 22, was fatally shot in the 500 block of East Chestnut Street on May 30.

Anthony Marshall, 44, of Harrisburg, was fatally shot on Laurel Street on June 16.

Investigators said none of the cases are related.

Police say they have almost everything thing they need, but they know there are key players in each case who are unwilling to talk. In some cases, potential witnesses have retained lawyers to avoid conversations with investigators.

“Silence, reluctance to cooperate with the police absolutely, literally involves killers to remain in your neighborhood,” Stedman said. “We have to make a decision as to what kind of neighborhood you want to live in.”

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