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Sister of homicide victim vows to follow trial “till the end”
Rochester, N.Y. - Tiffany Jones honors her brother on the first anniversary of her death by seeking justice for his accused killer. "I feel like he's there with me in spirit," she said.
Ralph Strong Jr. is on trial for killing his friend Reggie Johnson and attempting to kill a Rochester police officer.
On Tuesday's anniversary of Reggie's death, his sister was in a Monroe County courtroom where she has spent every day since the trial started.
"This is hard for me. This whole year has been hard for me," she said from her home in Greece. The little things she misses are overwhelming.
"I miss the phone calls, 'sis what are you cooking?' I won't get those phone calls ever again," she said.
It was a small argument over comments made to a girl. Reggie and his friend Jahmir Singleton were shot to death outside Club Network on Central Avenue. Security cameras inside the club helped police identify Strong as the suspect.
Cameras in the parking lot captured the entire shooting. Tiffany Jones watched her brother's final moments.
"Seeing that footage- it broke my heart to see my brother taken down like that," she said. "It's very hard to sit there and look at him. It's hard to see him with no remorse."
During testimony on Tuesday, RPD officers and state troopers testified about incidents that occurred three days after the club shootings. It's alleged that Strong led them on a high speed chase then engaged in a shootout.
Sergeant Flamur Zenelovic was struck in both arms and would have been struck in the back if the handcuffs hanging from his rear belt had not deflected the bullet.
After court testimony ends Tuesday, family and friends of Reggie Johnson and Jahmir Singleton will gather for a vigil. Jones says she wants her brother to know, "we're thinking of you guys, we're never going to forget you guys."