DATE/TIME: Monday, April 23rd, 2007 / 0:00 0

The fathers of 2 Schenectady murder victims will participate in Schenectady Weed and Seed’s community march on Tuesday evening as part of National Crime Victims’ Week.

Steven Mollette and Xavier McDaniel, Sr. – who both lost their children to gun violence on Hamilton Hill – have offered to walk in the march that will be preceded by a news conference at 6 p.m. at the SEFCU Building/Business Incubator at 920 Albany Street.

Mr. Mollette’s 19-year-old daughter, Unishun, was a Schenectady County Community College student from Peekskill when she was shot and killed on September 30th, 2003 while sitting in the back seat of a parked car on Stanley Street. She was an unintended victim of a dispute between Kenneth Portee (the shooter) and Craig Williams (the driver of the car that Unishun was riding in). Portee was convicted of Murder and Williams was recently convicted of Perjury for lying to a Grand Jury about his involvement in the incident. Both men are serving lengthy prison sentences.

Mr. McDaniel’s 21-year-old son – Xavier McDaniel, Jr. – was shot and killed inside his parked car on Hamilton Street on the afternoon of April 3rd. Detectives continue to investigate his murder, but have not yet made an arrest.

Several public officials, including Chief of Police Michael Geraci, are expected to participate in the event.

Contact:Marion Porterfield – Schenectady Weed & Seed Site Coordinator / 393-4475