Families of 2 Easter Sunday shooting victims express heartache

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Two shootings happened on Easter Sunday, five hours apart on opposite ends of town. Both families can’t comprehend what happened, let alone that it happened on Easter Sunday.

The first shooting victim was Shawn Ware. The 45-year-old was found shot in the 3,000 block of Abbott St. around 5 a.m.

Ware’s family was not ready to speak today, saying they’re still processing his death. 

Javon Burnett, age 26, was found dead with gunshot wounds at The Summit at Ridgewood apartments around 10 a.m. 

He was a loving father of seven, a former Northrop High School basketball player and had a smile that never faded.

“Javon was a lucky-go-happy guy,” said his step-father, James Gardner. “He had this smile that could wrap around the city. That’s how happy he was. I’ve never seen him mad and I’ve been with him since he was 3-years-old. He was a great young man. He’ll be missed.” 

He and Burnett’s mother said they were at church for Easter service and Burnett was going to meet them there. Then, they got a call that he was shot. 

Their hearts are now aching for Burnett’s seven kids. 

“His biggest thing was his children,” said mother, Cynthia Gardner. “He loved his children. Even the ones that lived out of town. He Facetimed, talked to them. All his children were his heart. I’m going to miss him being there for them.” 

The parents are now thinking about justice, wanting to find out who shot their son. 

“I just wish the violence would stop here in Fort Wayne,” the mother continued. “I think taking somebody’s life is definitely bad. I feel like if there are issues then you should come forth and talk about it, instead of using a gun to solve the problem because that’s not solving the problem. I just wish everybody would come together and at least let the police know. Let us know who done this.”

Both deaths have been ruled homicides. Police have no suspects for either shooting. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Wayne police or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

The deaths have been ruled the 11th and 12th homicides in Allen County for 2018.

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