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Four teenage victims are remembered at memorial

May. 23, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It was the first year Billy Dillon had been able to work up the nerve to attend the prayer service that memorializes the grandson he remembers giving $5 to every time he wanted a pizza, who mowed his lawn for him, who attended church with him every Sunday

Dillon is the grandfather of Michael Dillon, 17, who was killed in May 2005 in a still unsolved quadruple homicide that also claimed the lives of Donté Ward, 19; Eddrick Clark, 18; and Megan Poston, 16.

"Michael would do anything for anybody," Dillon said. "He was such a good kid."

The site of the shooting from five years ago is now dubbed "Hope House" and Saturday evening, approximately 50 people packed the living room to remember the four teenagers, console one another and renew their cry for justice in the case.

"We come united for lots of reasons, but we pray for justice. The families believe someone out there knows who is responsible for this," said Mary Lyons, a friend of the families. "And, we know our Huntington Police Department works tirelessly on this."

The service was led by Pastor Robert Weaver of Huntington's First Church of the Nazarene. Weaver said that even though the four are no longer here physically, they still speak.

"What would they say if they were here? They'd say, 'Remember me, I was here.' And, that's what we're doing tonight. Let's not forget and push them off to the side. They'd say, 'Don't waste the day because you aren't guaranteed tomorrow. Stop feuding and love each other,' and they'd say, 'We're crying out for justice,'" Weaver said. "We're not here for vengeance, but the healing can never really take place until there's answers and justice."

Dillon, who said he collapsed upon hearing the news of the death of his grandson, remarked that the service is a way to keep Huntington awake.

"It keeps these kids in mind and reminds us all what happened and that we can't forget them," he said. "And, it shows us that we have a problem and that this could've been any one of our children, God forbid that would ever happen again."

The evening concluded with a call for signatures on a petition to campaign for America's Most Wanted to profile the case on the nationally-televised crime show and a candlelight presentation outside.

"We're not trying to create a false hope. The only thing we want to do is raise the height of awareness to the national level," said Charles Masters, who is leading the charge along with Megan's mother, Subrina. Petitions can be picked up at the Charleston Avenue house, now being administrated by the Neighboring Initiative.

Weaver concluded his remarks by saying that the hurting hearts can find solace in their Creator.

"We don't understand, we don't know and we hurt, but we trust that God is going to see us through," he said.