Family of Gates Double Homicide Victim Searching for Answers
Updated: Friday, July 12 2013, 03:28 PM EDT
Gates, N.Y.— On Wednesday night, family and friends of Lydia Bryant and Luis Davila gathered to remember and honor the couple at a vigil held at the Remanente Fiel Church in Gates.
On November 30, Bryant’s ten-year-old son found the couple shot to death in their Lightwood Lane home.
Two weeks later, their families are still searching for answers as to why Bryant and Davila were killed.
“We know there are a million unanswered questions that we would like the answers to and we would like to see justice to be done,” says Angel Lebron, Davila’s brother. “We want to see justice done.”
Gates police say they are still in the thick of the investigation and have no new information or suspects in the case.
However, the fact that the home was ransacked and Davila tied up leads them to believe that the couple was targeted. Family and friends say they know of no reason why anyone would want to hurt the couple.
“At this point we're just as shocked and we have no answers like everyone else,” says Davila’s best friend Julio Jordon. “We really don't know and your guess is as good as mine why these two individuals would be targeted.”
Davila was Jordon’s best man at his wedding, a godfather to his son and while they weren’t related, they considered each other to be brothers.
“I'm going through a two week nightmare—a nightmare I can't wake up from,” says Jordon. “I’m going through one of the most difficult times in my life and I’m just trying to get through this with my family and the community.”
Jordon says Davila and Bryant were together for seven to eight years. Davila had confided in Jordon, saying that he was planning to propose to Bryant soon. He says not knowing why they were murdered has stymied the family’s chances for healing.
“It's difficult and is definitely frustrating but I put my hopes in prayer and hopes in God,” Jordon says. “I know that all things will come to the light.”
Several dozen people attended Wednesday night’s vigil. The family and friends sang songs holding candles and held a moment of silence for the couple. The family says they hope Davila and Bryant case won’t be forgotten.
“This is not just my brother’s case,” says Lebron. “This is the whole community suffering. Many families have unanswered questions and have lost loved ones. This time of the year we would like to raise the awareness and say, ‘I love you’ and tell someone in your family that you love them.”
If you have any information about this double homicide, you can call Crimestoppers at 423-9300.