Mother Marches for Justice

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Live Oak - May 25, 2012 - 11:50pm

Geraldine Smith misses her son. Thirty-five year old Marvin O'Hara was found dead in his apartment on Hillman Avenue two years and almost two months ago.

"He got robbed and shot in the head," said Smith.

This case remains unsolved, but while the leads may have gone cold, Smith refuses to give up. Joined with dozens of loved ones she marched in front of the Suwannee County Courthouse to remind the community of her son's death.

"This is my first cousin and we miss him so dearly and we just want peace, " said Selma Willis, O'Hara's cousin.

"I need some justice, I really need some justice, I cannot rest and I got to have some justice," said Smith.

They marched up and down the sidewalk carrying signs and O'Hara's picture, hoping that someone passing by would see the face of Marvin O'Hara and remember something to help bring his case to a a close.

The march in front of the courthouse was a first, but the family holds a candlelight vigil every month on the 26th outside of the apartment where O'Hara was killed.

We tried to contact the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office for comment on the case, but we were not able to reach anyone.


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  • by JAMES Location: LIVE OAK on May 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    THIS IS A LIVE OAK POLICE DEPT CASE NOT A SHERIFFS OFFICE CASE. WHY DONT YOU CALL THE RIGHT AGENCY.
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      by hillbilly cops on May 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM in reply to JAMES
      maby she should call jessie.
  • by God Bless America on May 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    marching isn't going to help. Let the police do their job with no interference. Your marching might hurt the case. Stay home a pray, and be vigilante.
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      by Anonymous on May 28, 2012 at 07:09 AM in reply to God Bless America
      "Vigilant" is an adjective. "Vigilante" is usually a noun. The word you are looking for is "vigilant." How might marching hurt the case?
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        by God bless America on May 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM in reply to
        Anything done publicly might just scare the thug to go underground. Let him walk the streets and be suprised when he gets cuffed. Sorry for the mispelling. I get dumb in my old age.
  • by people will kill you for $5 Location: usa on May 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    must be one of the worst feelings in the world to know that the killer of someone that you love is free.
  • by sawyer on May 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    Marching after someone's death, very ignorant! Quality time spent with her son before hand probably would have prevented his death.
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      by james on May 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM in reply to sawyer
      it is not as ignorant as you tho.
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      by Anonymous on May 28, 2012 at 06:59 AM in reply to sawyer
      This is a truly mean spirited post.
  • by Odds Are on May 27, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    Odds are she was "marching" with either the killer, or their cousin. How ironic.
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      by tim on May 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to Odds Are
      go back to you tube and finish your mob stories.
  • by What?? on May 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM
    Love how everyone is so gun-ho aboutt trayvon but not about this man. That proves that HATE alone is what drives people to be mad about trayvon. Or maybe its because a black person most likely did this?? HMM?
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      by Anonymous on May 28, 2012 at 07:06 AM in reply to What??
      Ridiculous post. Trayvon Martin's killer was known and walked away from homicide scot-free. Marvin O'Hara's killer is unknown. The cases are not comparable. Are you a voter? Someone as ignorant and illogical as you should voluntarily refrain from voting. Have mercy on your fellow citizens and stop voting.
  • by Jack on May 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    @Maria--you need to go get an education and learn how to spell and speak properly.
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      by hurting eyes on May 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to Jack
      yes, that was painful. wow.
  • by davet Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Give me a break of course they are not going to talk to you about an open case..
  • by MARIA on May 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    YOU WAS'NT ABLE TO CONTACT ANYONE FROM THE SUWANNEE POLICE DEPARTMENT REALLY, THEY COULD AT LEASE GAVE THE SAME LIP WORK THEY GAVE FOR THE LAST PASS TWO YEARS. BUT THEY DONT GIVE A DAME. MOVE OUT AND FAST THEY JUST WARE A UNIFORM I DARE YOU TO ASK THEM TO WORK HARDER.
  • by wow on May 26, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Unable to reach anyone at the sheriff's office... that is scary! Did you try calling 911?!
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      by south ga. on May 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to wow
      all the small town you can not find them unless you go to the BBQ shack.
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