Peter Spencer, a Jamaican immigrant living in western Pennsylvania, was fatally shot nine times. According to WPXI News, troopers found Spencer’s body on Dec. 12 after receiving a call about a shooting in the area.
Officials identified a 25-year-old man who lived in a nearby home as a suspect in the case and detained him, but no charges were filed. Upon a search of his property, multiple guns were found inside the home. Spencer’s family said he was dropped off at the house to go on a hunting trip with some of his former co-workers and friends.
News of the killing has since sparked a push from community organizers, asking law enforcement to make an arrest. The Black Political Empowerment Project (BPEP) released a statement earlier this week in response to the lack of answers.
“We demand the immediate investigation of this murder by the Venango County District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney General and the PA State Attorney General,” the message read, per WTAE.
BPEP CEO Tim Stevens spoke with the local outlet to advocate on behalf of Spencer’s family.
“I found this story beyond tragic. … We decided that we needed to send a letter to some of the key members that be in Pennsylvania,” Stevens said. “We are talking six bullets into the chest, two into the buttocks, and one we have a different opinion — either through the mouth or from the neck out of the mouth.”
“This is serious and people need to know they can’t do this in Pennsylvania or hopefully anywhere in the nation,” Stevens continued.
Pennsylvania State police have also released a statement asking for the public’s continued patience as they continue to investigate the situation.
“The Pennsylvania State Police requests the public to remain patient, we are actively investigating this incident and are providing all investigative updates to the District Attorney’s office as appropriate,” the release said, according to WTAE.
Spencer’s fiancé Carmela King, who’s currently pregnant with their child, along with his sibling Tehilah Spencer, have created two GoFundMe campaigns on behalf of his family — one to pay for their legal expenses, and the other to help offset funeral expenses.
“He was the only Black individual at the camp site and is being portrayed as the aggressor. The Franklin state troopers office will not give Peter’s family nor myself any information regarding this incident. We have been turned away several times while trying to reach out for information regarding what happened,” King wrote in the description for one of the campaigns.
“In doing so, I am forced to hire a criminal attorney to help investigate the matter and receive justice. On behalf of the Spencer family along with his unborn child, we ask the public to help support by bringing recognition and justice to this case. Any contribution will be applied to solving the murder of a man who trusted his friend which resulted in him being executed by such.
Tehilah called the shooting a “hate crime” and “an act of modern day lynching.”
Investigation is still ongoing.