Who killed Latasha Shaw? The names in a letter to News10NBC look familiar

June 13, 2018 06:17 PM

Who killed Latasha Shaw? It's a question we're asking again because of a letter that was written to News10NBC by the only person ever charged with the murder.

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Three specific names in the letter put News10NBC on the case. 

The letter is written by Ebony Mack. She was charged with Latasha Shaw's murder 10 years ago but was found not guilty. So now, no one is in prison for the actual killing. But in the letter, Mack names those that should be.

News10NBC wanted to know if other people, close to this case, recognized them. 

"So Charnette, here's the letter," News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean said to Charnette Grayson. She is the sister of Latasha Shaw. 
Grayson was involved in the fight on September 29, 2007 at Dewey Avenue and Driving Park Avenue where Shaw was killed. The fight stemmed from an earlier fight that included one of Shaw's daughters. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "Do you recognize those names?" 
Charnette Grayson, Latasha Shaw's sister:  "Yeah, they're pretty familiar." 

Grayson says the names in the letter are names she heard from the very beginning.

The letter was written to Monroe County Court Judge Christopher Ciaccio but it was shared with Reporter Berkeley Brean.

News10NBC blacked-out the names because they've never been arrested. Mack writes that one woman "knocked Mrs. Shaw down" and another "stabbed" her. A third woman "stumped and jumped on this lady also."

At the time, Rochester Police said Shaw was attacked by more than a dozen people. 

"Three (names) is good. Give us the other 15 because basically, they didn't do it alone." Grayson said. "Every knife, every stick, every bottle came out of that house with Ms. Mack and her family."

When we spoke exclusively with Ebony Mack at the crime scene Tuesday she admitted she was there.

Brean: "You were here that day, right?"
Ebony Mack: "Yes."
Brean: "Were you part of that group that went after Latasha Shaw?"
Mack: "No."
Brean: "Did you see the people who did do it?"
Mack: "Yes."

Today, News10NBC tried to track down the people named in the letter. Every phone number we had was disconnected and when we went to the home we were directed to in Rochester, the person who answered the door said the people didn't live there anymore. 

News10NBC also shared the letter with Rochester City Council Member Adam McFadden. After the murder, he lead a six week, street-level campaign to track down the people who killed and assaulted Latasha Shaw. 

"The names listed here are three names we gathered then," McFadden said. "I'm deeply bothered that it's taken this person 10 years to say something. But I can say, the names she mentioned I definitely heard back then."

McFadden said he was going to talk to the Rochester Police Chief about this. As soon as News10NBC got the letter, we shared it with the chief's office and the district attorney. 

Only one person is in prison because of Shaw's murder, that's Ebony Mack's cousin, Terrance Mack. He was convicted of gang assault. The court documents we've been reading show that he was identified by only one witness. 


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