CMPD Adds to Holiday Patrol After Last Year’s Violent Weekend

CMPD asks for information in five murders

CHARLOTTE, NC– Police are adding more patrol officers to the street this Labor Day weekend as we near the anniversary of one of the most violent weekends in Charlotte history.

Labor Day weekend 2015, five people died. The youngest victim was seven-years-old.

“It’s sad,” said Hazel Howie.

She lives in the neighborhood where gunmen unloaded on a family birthday party, killing seven-year-old Kevin Rodas as he played pinata.

Two adults and a nine-year-old survived.

Their family begged for justice.

“The entire family is destroyed, and all we want is justice,” said Ivania Ramirez.

“That shocked us. It shocked the community,” said Deputy Chief Doug Gallant.

Rodas was the youngest victim.

Someone shot LaQuanta Young on her front porch on Echodale Dr.

Police believe that is connected to Dominique Wheeler and James Taylor’s case.

The one arrest police have made is for Elias Perez’s murder. Detectives charged Quincy McWaine.

CMPD says the other cases are wide open.

“This behavior was callus, reckless, and to understand people like that are out and about on our street, is scary,” said Deputy Chief Gallant.

Deputy Chief Gallant says detectives have re-canvassed neighborhoods, questioned witnesses again, requested help from federal agents and increased crime stopper rewards.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Rodas’ death is $15,000.

The reward for information leading to the arrest in the other four shootings is $10,000.
“We wish they would turn themselves in and everything, but we just don’t know who,” said Howie.