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Parents of 2015 City Market murder victim await trial

Frank Wilson (Source: Family) Frank Wilson (Source: Family)
Joseph Heyward (Source: WTOC) Joseph Heyward (Source: WTOC)
Shooting scene in 2015 (Source: WTOC) Shooting scene in 2015 (Source: WTOC)
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Recent violence in Savannah's City Market is opening wounds for a couple desperately trying to move forward after their son's murder in the same spot nearly two years ago.

Later this month, Joseph Heyward and Ciera Leeks will go on trial for the shooting death of Frank Wilson.

His mother said the trial will be the toughest thing she's been through in her whole life. They're hoping and praying for a guilty verdict and stiff sentences for each defendant.

The lives of Gwen and Frank Wilson have been on hold since Oct.18, 2015.

"To this day, I don't look at pictures of my son because it's so painful,” said Gwen Wilson.

"Devastated, traumatized us. My son is no longer with us,” said Frank Wilson, Jr.

A gunman fatally shot Wilson in his back in the middle of a crowded City Market.

"He was just an all-around caring, good, genuine, kind-hearted person. He really did not deserve what he got,” said his mother.

Police said Joseph Heyward was the man behind the gun. Wilson shot and killed Heyward's brother, Antonio, while Wilson was being robbed two years earlier. Police deemed that shooting justifiable and cleared him of charges. His parents are certain that's why he was killed.

"My son never knew them. We don't know them. I never met them,” said his father.

Every violent crime in Savannah reminds the Wilson's of their tragic loss. Finally, the trial date is near. It's a date the family is bracing for it.

"I'm going to make it because I have strong faith, strong family. That does not mean I have a hole in my heart that will never be filled,” said his mother.

They're praying for a guilty verdict and stiff sentences for Heyward and Ciera Leeks.

"They need to be taken off the streets so they won't be dangerous to anyone else,” said his father.

"A guilty verdict means that they're going to be responsible. They're going to be held accountable for what they did to Frank,” said his mother.

While neither will bring their son back, they hope it will finally close a chapter in their lives—a chapter that robbed their family of Frank Wilson.

"These are the moments that I miss him the more. Traveling, going out of town, having a good time,” said his father.

"I honor my son by going on. I am truly, truly proud right now to have been Frank Wilson's mother.”

Police have previously said Heyward admitted he targeted Wilson in this shooting. As for Wilson, his mother said police told her they never found anyone who would say a bad thing about her son. We'll, of course, follow this case as it goes to court.

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