Dartmouth walk brings attention to cold case, violent crime – Halifax

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Hundreds of people walked together to show unity in the face of issues of violence and crime in northern Dartmouth Wednesday evening.

“Every year, I see it grow,” said Barbara Ward, who is the aunt of Jason MacCullough.

MacCullough was murdered in a local park on Aug. 28, 1999. Halifax Regional Police said the shooting was a random act, and that the 19-year-old had not been involved in crime.

“He didn’t do anything wrong. They just took an innocent life after dark, and no rhyme or reason to it,” Ward said.

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The Dartmouth North Walk Against Violence has been held every year since MacCullough was killed.

“We are trying to mobilize the community to stand up against violence, and take back their streets,” said John Burton, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Halifax.

The gathering, which started at the Dartmouth Boys & Girls Club in the north end, attracted community leaders, residents and police.

“[MacCullough is] with me every step of the way,” said Ward, adding that her family wants the person (or people) responsible for the murder to come forward.

Participants began the walk at about 6:30 p.m., making their way to the park MacCullough died in. The park was renamed Jason MacCullough Memorial Park after his death.

“I’d like you to think about the fact that all of us have choices,” Reverend Kees Zwanenburg said to the crowd, following a moment of silence.

The participants then walked back to the club for more events.

According to police, work is still being done to solve the murder.

“No case is ever put away,” Inspector Don Moser said.

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