Family asking for help identifying loved one’s killer

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- An Evansville family is mourning the loss of a son and brother after a deadly overnight shooting on Tuesday. 30-year-old Larry Merriweather Junior was shot to death at a house party on West Oregon Street. Evansville Police say they’re working on identifying a suspect.

Merriweather’s family says they want witnesses to come forward.

“But you shouldn’t take a life and play God because you’re not God,” Latona Merriweather says.

A father, son, and brother murdered just hours after a family get together. Larry Merriweather Junior, or ‘Joan’ as his family called him, was found dead in a home at the corner of West Oregon Street and Baker Avenue in Evansville.

Police say neighbors called when shots were fired shortly after 1 am. But according to 9-1-1 calls, this call came in earlier.

“They’re playing music loud. They’re fighting in the yard,” the 9-1-1 caller says

Merriweather’s sister, Latona, told us about her brother but didn’t want her face on camera.

She explains her family is heartbroken, “it’s devastating. To hear that your brother got shot.” She says he was working on starting a career in music and explains who her brother was.

“My brother was a nice person. He would give you the clothes off his back.”

She says not only do her parents have to grieve their only son, but his daughter will have to continue her life without a father.

Evansville Police says they are struggling to identify a suspect for a couple of reasons. Neighbors tell us up to 50 people were on the home’s property when they responded.

“You have so many different people there and even though everybody saw the same thing, there’s a lot of stories that are conflicting and we had a lot of people who did not want to speak to the police as well,” Sgt. Nick Winsett with EPD explains.

To the people who aren’t talking, Latona says to think about if the roles were reversed and you needed help.

“But if you know something you need to speak up,” she pleas. “One day it’s going to be your people. It’s going to be your family.”

Anyone with information can call the Evansville Police Department or call the anonymous WeTip line.

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(This story was originally published on May 26, 2020)

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