The mother of a 24-year-old murder victim went to the City Council Thursday night with at least 30 friends and neighbors to get the attention of city police and an update of their investigation into her son's death.
Phyllis Lee of Green Street waited through the whole meeting to get her chance to speak during the public comment segment at the end, explaining that all she wanted was some answers about the case.
"My son has been murdered here," she said calmly, "and all I want is someone to respond to my calls."
Lee is the mother of Joshua Lee, who was gunned down in March near Brandon Park. She said updates from the police about the status of the case have been hard to get and her calls to police headquarters have not been returned.
Mayor Gabriel J. Campana spoke immediately after Lee and apologized for her calls not being returned.
"They have been very busy," he said of investigators.
Campana and Police Chief Gregory Foresman then invited Lee and a few members of her immediate family to accompany Foresman downstairs to meet with Capt. Raymond Kontz and Agent Steven Sorage about the case.
Afterward, Lee said the meeting had been helpful.
"I left more relaxed," she said. "They're going forward and following some strong leads."
With Lee were relatives, friends from her church and fellow members of the local chapter of the NAACP, including its president, Gerald Lee.