pictured:Pastor Newkirk of GYC Ministries (left front) and the Community Action Coalition of WNY stand with family, friends and supporters calling for justice in the murder of Tiara Lott. Street Legacy Photo by Darwin Adams
After 22-year-old Tiara Lott went missing in January, Rev. Timothy Newkirk of GYC Ministries and the Community Action Coalition of WNY formed a search party to try to help find her.
A few weeks later her body was discovered along some train tracks in East Buffalo.
Her killer has yet to be apprehended.
Most recently Pastor Newkirk and the coalition became involved with Tiara’s case once again.
This time they pulled together a press conference in Shaffer Village housing development in Riverside and along with Tiara’s family, passed out information and Crimestoppers WNY flyers of the man – Andre Whigham – who police want for questioning . The family said he was the last person she was seen with .
The press conference was in that particular neighborhood explained Pastor Newkirk, because that was the most recent area he was reportedly seen.
They are pushing authorities and the public to do all they can to assist in bringing her killer to justice.
Chanting “Justice for Tiara Lott! See something! Say something!” The group held signs depicting Tiara as well as posters of the crime Stoppers initiative offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the whereabouts of Whigham who police describe as “a person of interest.”
Their efforts produced a lot of good leads reported Pastor Newkirk.
“The response in the community was overwhelming,” he said. He also noted that they are calling on Crime Stoppers to increase the reward on Whigham “to initiate more interest.”
Newkirk also wondered aloud why the police had not issued a warrant for his arrest.
“A warrant would help bring him to justice,’” said Newkirk. “This was not some miscellaneous crime or an accidental death. It was a homicide…Her body was left on the tracks!”
If anyone has any information that can help police, they’re asked to reach out to authorities or contact the Community Action Coalition hotline at 716-770-9093.