Few leads in Orlando 2012 abduction and murder of Orlando teen

Few leads in Orlando 2012 abduction and murder of Orlando teen

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Thursday marks a somber anniversary for one Orlando family.  It was a year ago that 18-year-old Joshua Johnson was abducted and killed.  His murder has yet to solved, as police continue to look for leads. 

Johnson's grandmother, Patricia Davis, said she can't rest until her grandson's killers are behind bars. 

"I've devoted my time to justice. That's what I'm doing," she said.

She has worked tirelessly to organize a rally to gather neighbors together and make the streets safer.

Orlando homicide detectives said witnesses saw two men pulling the teenager into a van.  It happened right around the corner from Patricia's home, near Wilts Circle and Mable Butler Avenue.  A day later, officers discovered his body. 

"He was found in a house in Pine Hills dead and burned," Patricia said. "I believe people know who done this and know who they are, but they might be scared to say what they know."

Instead of giving up hope, she is calling for an anti-violence rally -- a memorial for Joshua and all victims of crime.  She believes it is her calling.

"I think this is what God wants me to do. I think he wants me to get out in the community and try to help stop violence."

Patricia said Joshua had been in trouble in the past but was getting his life back together.  He was on his way home after registering for classes at Orlando Tech, when the kidnapping occurred.

"I believe in my heart that someone is going to come forward," she said.

Patricia, who is wheelchair-bound, said her heart still aches, wondering who did this to her grandson.

"He was a good helper.  That's what I will miss about him most.  And he was funny, laughing and joking."

She wants the killers caught and hopes someone will step forward with information.

"I just want them off the street so they won't kill anyone else."

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the killers.  Anyone with information should call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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