Three gang members charged for the 2016 death of Bianca Horton
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – 54 local gang members indicted.
It’s a large number representing the huge effort authorities are making in keeping the streets safe, and residents are glad to hear that work is being done.
“That’s awesome, that’s very good. We need more security here,” one resident said.
“We just want to have a safe neighborhood, and hopefully, including those who were indicted, hopefully it’s just a process that’s educational and beneficial to get things back on track,” another resident said.
Hamilton County and Chattanooga authorities spoke about the indictments in a press conference Wednesday.
Among those to speak was Derrick Shaw.
He’s the brother of Bianca Horton.
Three of the gang members have been charged with murder for Horton’s death.
“It was a great day. It was a great feeling, but at the end of the day, my family is not the only one that’s hurting,” Shaw said.
In 2016, Horton’s body was found with multiple gun shot wounds.
“We take every crime, every act of violence very seriously, this one is very painful for the police department and the community,” Former Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said in 2016.
Officials said Horton was killed to prevent her from testifying at trial that she witnessed a murder from a gang related drive by shooting that also paralyzed her daughter.
Now, Andre Grier, Charles Shelton, and Courtney High could all face the death penalty for Horton’s death.