Police seek help in solving 2013 murder of father of two – NBC Los Angeles
Family members asked for help on Wednesday to help track down the murderer of a father of two who was shot dead in his mobile phone store in 2013.
Nathalia Jackson was only 5 when someone shot and killed her father. He worked late in a cell phone store he owned in Van Nuys. Fulks was forced into the back room of his business where he was shot, LAPD Detective Mark Martinez said.
Surveillance video appears to show the victim talking to someone in the parking lot outside the store just before the murder.
“We are extremely frustrated,” said Tina Swayae Johnson, the victim’s mother. “We are frustrated that the community has not come forward.”
Eight years later and no tips have led to the killer. The new billboard in Pacoima, the family hopes, will remind those who have forgotten that they did not.
“We cannot rest,” his mother said. “So the person who is in charge should not rest either.”
The billboard is in part thanks to two nonprofits: Justice for Murdered Children and Justice for Homicide Victims – and offered free of charge by the billboard company.
Lawanda Hawkins spoke on Wednesday and argued that police cuts have led to more families in mourning.
“Why don’t we put these people on the streets to figure this out? ” she said. “Instead, we took them out, even though crime increased. Murder increased. And you took these people off the streets!”
A reward of 50 thousand dollars remains in effect for information. Nathalia Jackson says if this leads to justice, she hopes to see her father’s killer in the eye.
“I’m all about forgiveness and God and everything happens for a reason,” she said. “But at the same time, I think they don’t deserve this.”
“I will forever be the mother of a murdered child,” her mother said.