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Friday, January 11, 2013

Akron Woman Remains 'Numb' To Ray Lewis's Involvement In Her Son's Murder

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Coming up on the 13th anniversary of the deaths of Akron residents Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker, Lollar's mother explains to USA Today Sports that she's still numb to the course of events. She doesn't talk about her son in the past tense and she keeps on eye on the front door of her house, hoping that he'll come home someday.

Her son's murder was well documented, as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had some degree of involvement in it. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, but none of the accomplices faced any real punishments for the crime. Lewis went on to continue a dominating career that will lead to a likely bid for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, naught but a few miles down the road from the place Lollar and Baker called home.

Their murders remain unsolved. But as the anniversary of their deaths approaches — and as Lewis dances into the sunset of his NFL career — the victims' relatives are still seething at him. While Priscilla Lollar says she's "numb" to Lewis, others want answers. And justice.

"My nephew was brutally beaten and murdered and nobody is paying for it," Baker's uncle, Greg Wilson, told USA TODAY Sports. "Everything is so fresh in our mind, it's just like it happened yesterday. We'll never forget this."

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