Family seek justice for father-of-3 killed in Sherwood Forest home

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Seven months after a father-of-three was shot dead in his home in Sherwood Forest, his family is still searching for answers.

Darnell Wilson Sr.’s murderer has not been arrested.

His family gathered on Saturday near the Roanoke Boulevard home, just off Sibbald Road, where he was found dead in February.

They were joined by anti-violence group MAD DADS as they tried to publicize his case and advocate for community responses.

“Say what you know,” Wilson’s sister Melanese Wilson said. “It may not be true, but if you hear anything, please report it. Let’s wrap it up. You don’t want it to be you standing where I am in my shoes.

On Saturday, Melanese Wilson’s shoes — and her watch and the rest of her outfit — represented all of the Florida State Seminoles — even though she’s a Florida Gators fan.

She said it was to honor her brother.

“He liked Nikes, tennis shoes and things like that,” Melanese said.

She described her sleepless nights and the rollercoaster of emotions she’s been through over the past seven months.

“Anger, crying, frustration, wanting to pick on anybody,” Melanese said. “As far as my family, his children, they take it badly.”

Two of Wilson’s three children met on Saturday with the family and organizers of the group MAD DADS in the hope of spreading the word about his murder to find who was responsible.

But they also looked back on good memories.

“He provided for a lot of people,” said his daughter, C’Mora Wilson. “And if you needed to do anything, he was always there.”

Darnell Wilson Jr. said his father was the ultimate supporter.

“I have been playing football since I was 5 years old. He was always the first to practice, after practice, at games. Even when I was playing in high school, we had games in Lakeland, Florida. He was always the first to go and the last to return,” his son said.

Now Wilson won’t be around to watch his son play — or his other children grow up — because someone ended his life too soon.

If you know anything about Wilson’s murder, you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or JSO at 904-630-0500.

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