Man who lost his son to gang violence in Houston speaks out

HOUSTON (FOX 26) — Talk of gang violence in the Houston area has resurfaced after Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter about the murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes. One man who lost his child in a gang-related shooting agrees with the Governor and spoke with FOX 26 News about his plans to curb the violence.


John Marsden had the ground crumble beneath him on December 2017 when his son, 22-year-old Fabian Smith, was shot to death in southwest Houston. A victim of gang violence, Smith's murder remains unsolved to this day.


"I lost my baby boy and the answers are in the streets," says Marsden. "You know, but losing a child that’s a pain that you would never understand unless you go through it yourself. That’s the pain I wish no parent have to get that phone call and say my son or daughter has been found deceased in the streets or anywhere.“


Through his grief, Marsden found the determination to not only find his son’s murderer, but to start a Facebook group Houston's Unsolved Homicides to help other families find answers. He says he is happy that the Governor addressed the subject of gang violence and agrees with police that they need more assistance to make a difference on our streets.


"I think now we’re going to have a good team out here to fight this crime," adds Marsden. "Not only today, but for the future, because when it comes to a gang murder, it’s a trend. It’s a cycle that needs to be broken. It’s a cycle. And we have to end that cycle. We have to stop that today because we don’t want another Jazmine Barnes. It is not fair for someone to lose a loved one when it comes to violence. It’s not fair."


Fabian Smith’s murderer is still out there. If you have any information about his case or any other unsolved murders that have happened in the Houston area, you are strongly encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by phone at 713-222-8477 (TIPS).

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