You do not know me. My name is Richard R. Johnson, the father of Ronald Lyn Johnson, who was shot to death on Saturday, Oct. 12, on Joseph Street.
I hope you all never get a phone call telling you that your son has been shot.
At 6 p.m. Oct. 12, I received this phone call that my son was dead. Since that time, I have not been the same.
Now I want to ask you all a few questions: How would you react to this matter if any of you knew who the shooter was and not come forward to revealed the shooter? Why would anyone want to protect a murderer?
It is bad enough to go to bed at night knowing that there is a killer somewhere in your town. I feel like that there are quite a few people who possibly know who the killer is.
Think about it this way.
You could be the one who received a phone call as I did telling you that your son had been murdered.
Looking at this situation as I am. We all have faults, but not to the extent that if we knew who the shooter was and not come forward to let the right people know.
So then why anyone would want to protect a murderer who could easily take your son’s life?
Yes I know he was somebody’s son who pulled that trigger, but I also know that father, if it had been his son, I feel like he would probably feel like I do right now. Who could not have feelings like I have knowing that a killer is walking around everyday on the streets that you walk in.
So then why go on being guilty of knowing who this killer is, and letting him still walk the streets of Lebanon?
Mind you now that I have nothing against Wilson County, but I believe that if I knew a killer that was walking these streets, I believe I would try to get him off the streets as soon as I could.
I want to leave you with this thought. I sincerely hope that you never receive such a phone call. I do not wish that on anyone.
Having a peace of mind about this subject means a lot to a grieving father.
In my closing, my family and I are not giving up on this subject, and we feel like we will see justice as we so dearly deserve.
So thank you now for your time.
Richard R. Johnson