Family pleads for more information about murder

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Family members of 45-year-old Gayle Jackson, who was fatally shot on Nov. 26, are asking the community for help in bringing Jackson's killer to justice.

Latonya Weaver, niece of Jackson, spoke for several family members that were gathered at a news conference at the Law Enforcement Center Monday afternoon.

Weaver said the family is hoping that witnesses or perhaps the suspect themselves will come forward to talk with detectives about the murder of Jackson.

"It will be very hard for us," she said of missing her aunt during Christmas. "She was a very sweet and kind person who befriended everyone. We really miss her."

Weaver went on to say that the family is grateful they were able to bury her aunt, but the family wants answers and justice.

"We are asking anyone who might have more information about her death to call the Albany Police Department or Crime Stoppers to help," she said.

Weaver, who said she was lucky to have a few last moments with her aunt at the hospital, said she misses her dearly.

"The last thing she said to me was that she hoped I would get married and have a baby," she said.

Det. Charlie Roberts said the department is looking for people of interest in the case and are hoping to get more information.

"Friday we had a meeting with the family to tell them what information we have so far," he said.

Roberts said the police department have received a few calls pertaining to the homicide, but they need more information.

"We are very confident that it (the case) will be solved," he said. "It's about having the right person that was present that Thanksgiving morning coming in and telling their story."

Jackson was found fatally shot around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 26 on the 300 block of South McKinley Street next to a Dumpster outside the Whitney Food Mart.

Paramedics began treatment on Jackson and she was transported to an area hospital for further observation where she was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Police say that a reward is being offered for more information pertaining to the death of Jackson.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the APD at (229) 431-2100 or (229) 431-3288. To remain anonymous, individuals can also call Albany Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS.