Funeral To Be Held Friday For Wilhite and McNeil

11:25 AM, Aug 20, 2010   |    comments
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BUFFALO (WGRZ)-The funerals to remember the four victims of Saturday's shooting rampage at the City Grill have begun, and Reverend Pridgen pleads with community for a confession.

At the service, Reverend Pridgen said, "if by tomorrow this coward does not come forward...or we don't find him, or her, or whoever it is, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. We'll put a reward out."

A service was held for Danyell Mackin Thursday at the Durham Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among those in attendance.

Governor David Paterson also sent a letter that was read at Thursday mornings' service. In the letter, Paterson referred to Mackin as a devoted husband and father.

Read the full letter from Governor Paterson

Mackin, 30-years old, was in town visiting from Texas to celebrate  his one-year anniversary.

According to the Mackin's Vistaprint website, he and his wife came into Buffalo from Austin, Texas, where the couple had relocated for work. Danyell and his wife Tanisha were planning a weekend full of wedding festivities in the area that included a formal wedding reception Saturday night and their young daughter's baptism Sunday morning. They also have a son, who is seven.

True Bethel Baptist Church will be the location of services Friday at noon for both Shawntia McNeil and Tiffany Whilhite. Wilhite's father Raymond, who spoke to reporters Saturday, said, "It's just a senseless thing, and it was a senseless, random killing to me and this kind of thing has got to stop."

A party guest described Wilhite as well rounded and perfect.

"When people say perfect, they have no idea," the guest said. "Tiffany had no problems in the world. Brightest future ever, she was perfect. Ever since she was a little girl."

Wilhite's cousin had some advice for the shooter or shooters still at large.

"People just got to wake up, they're not coming back," Monica Lynch said. "Flight with your hands...put the guns down."

"I didn't come here to cry and see Tiffany where she last was," Lynch continued, "I didn't come down here for this, it's time for people to get together and stop it."

Shawntia McNeil was another victim of Saturday morning's shooting.

"She was 25, too young...too young to die," Ruby Martin, McNeil's mother said. She went on to say that, "I hope he gets what he deserves which is to be in jail the rest of his life, since he took several lives this morning."

The other deceased male is Willie McCaa III, 26. Services for McCaa are set for Saturday at 11 AM at the Pentacostal Temple Church of God in Christ on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. A viewing will be held at 10 AM.

James Robb Jr., 27 and Shamar Davis, 30, and Tillman Ward, 27, were also caught in the crossfire Saturday. Both were treated and released from ECMC.  Demario Vass, 30, remains in critical condition in the trauma ICU.

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