RACINE — The grieving sister of Harry Canady Jr. sat Thursday next to the porch where her brother was gunned down less than a week ago in the 600 block of North Memorial Drive.
“No one saw two guys with black hoodies roll up on him? No one saw that with all these cars passing by? They pulled up in front of this house while Harry was sitting on the porch and nobody seen nothing?” Canady’s older sister Mikaela Ghani said Thursday at a vigil for her brother. “My brother didn’t deserve that. My brother was good. He didn’t deserve that.”
Community members joined Ghani and other family and friends of Canady, Jr. for a community candlelight vigil Thursday.
Canady’s siblings tied two hoodies around a tree, with a picture of him wearing a bow tie and angelic wings.
“We don’t know who did it. We just hear rumors,” Ghani said.
Ghani pointed at the number of cars flying by the house and shook her head.
“There is too much going on right here. Somebody had to see something. The street is too busy,” Ghani said.
Racine police have not released much information about the crime and no suspect information has been made public.
That frustrates Ghani, who fought back tears as she pleaded for someone to come forward with information to find who is responsible and bring them to justice.
Racine Police Lt. Dave Wohlgemuth said investigators have been busy on the case and hope to release suspect information soon.
“We’ve mobilized resources and worked with other agencies to try to track down leads and follow up on them,” Wohlgemuth said.
One of the last people to see Canady Jr. alive was his girlfriend Nakia Daniel. She said he came to her house to visit her Sunday night. It was there, on the front porch that he was killed, while on his phone.
“He was always playing around. He was funny,” Daniel said.
His nephew, Matt Canady, sat down at the base of the tree where flowers and candles were placed to remember the 20-year-old life cut short by gunfire.
“What I remember most is he was a goofy man. He was cool. Very smooth,” Matt Canady said. “He loved family. He always made sure we were straight.”
Ghani said Canady Jr. was very family oriented.
“The get togethers, the food, the music. That was Harry. He loved family. That’s why we’re out here for him,” Ghani said.
Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen from the Racine Interfaith Coalition lead the vigil with songs and prayers.
“Every life is sacred,” Larsen said. “Even though it’s not my biological brother that died in a way he’s everybody’s brother who died. He’s everyone’s father and he’s everyone’s son.”
Vernon Peterson came from Caledonia to light a candle and pray with Canady’s family.
“There is too much senseless killings. You have to get the guns off the street. Innocent people are hurting,” Peterson said.
Canady’s funeral has been set for Saturday at Gospel Lighthouse, 1230 6th St.
Those with information who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Racine County Inc., via the following options:
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