Atlanta Police Canvass Grant Park for Answers in Shooting Death
David McReynolds' family seeks closure and the answer to "why."
To his father, he was simply a good son. To his sister, he was a loving and humble soul.
To a friend, he was good man.
And to the Grant Park neighborhood, David McReynolds wasn't just a resident; he was part of the greater community family, too.
All everyone wants now are answers — and the person or persons responsible for shooting him and leaving him to die in the street on a July afternoon brought to justice.
So they waited with hope Thursday afternoon as a legion of Atlanta Police Department officers fanned the streets of Grant Park from the corner of Hill Street and Grant Park Place — the intersection where the 54-year-old was killed.
The officers knocked on door after door seeking to jog memories or gain the tiniest of clues to bring them closer to a killer. They stopped cars and passed flyers out to motorists with information about the July 26 shooting that promised a $4,500 reward.
It is believed that the catalyst for the crime stemmed from winning Georgia Lottery game.
"It will come to the light," Michael McReynolds, David McReynolds' brother, said as APD conducted its afternoon neighborhood canvass.
He had no doubt that is brother's killer will be caught eventually.
"Definitely, he said. "Definitely, they're going to find him."
The canvass is just one in a series of efforts undertaken by the Grant Park community and friends of David McReynolds there and from surrounding neighborhoods to solve the crime.
Residents and the community have donated some $2,800 toward the reward fund and related expenses. That's on top of the standard $2,000 that Crime Stoppers Atlanta offers to tipsters with information that can lead to arrests.
Another Grant Park resident, Don Wallace of CBS Outdoor, is donating several billboards within a 2- to 3-mile radius of the crime, that will publicize the shooting and the reward.
"The community is just outraged that someone could be killed in the middle of the day, in broad daylight and left to die on a sidewalk," McReynolds' friend Jackson Faw, said.
"It started with fear, of course — concern for safety — and then evolved into sympathy for the family because he was just such a good man."
McReynolds' sister, Dorothy Smith, said she wants to her brother's killer found to answer the question that she and her family members have.
"I just want to know why," she said. "We just want some answers so we can continue to move on.
"He ain't never going to be forgotten. He's still going to be in our hearts."
Anyone with any information is urged to call APD Inv. S. Bowers at 404.5246.4235 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).