'Give us some kind of closure so we can start a healing process’: Grandmother wants answers after one grandchild is dead and another fights for his life

Grandmother seeking justice and answers

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tuesday marks the two year anniversary since two Albany teens were in a tragic accident on South Valencia Drive and West Lincoln Avenue, and their grandmother is looking for more answers.

Kathy Stokes said the loss of her 17-year-old grandson Karon, and the injuries 19-year-old Kyree Grier sustained could’ve been caused by something else other than a car accident. Now, she’s pleading for justice.

Karon and Kyree Grier were both in a tragic accident in 2017 (Source: WALB)
Karon and Kyree Grier were both in a tragic accident in 2017 (Source: WALB)

“Karon, boo boo, not a day go by that we don’t think about you,” said Stokes looking down at the grave of Karon Grier.

On February 26, 2017, Stokes woke up to her worst nightmare. A knock at her door from police looking for the guardians of her Karon.

“He told me there had been an accident and we needed to get to the hospital and he thought it involved him and his brother Kyree,” explained Stokes.

Stokes said Karon’s brother, Kyree, was driving on South Valencia Drive near West Lincoln Avenue and suddenly they crashed.

Karon died at the scene. As of today, Kyree is in Atlanta with his mother, getting medical attention after suffering severe brain trauma.

“It’s been devastating and this is something that she deals with every day, dealing with Kyree and his condition,” said Stokes.

Since this tragic accident, their classmates at Monroe High School and the entire family have been trying to come to terms with what happened. And Stokes believes there’s more to this story.

Karon and Kyree Grier were both in a tragic accident in 2017 (Source: WALB)
Karon and Kyree Grier were both in a tragic accident in 2017 (Source: WALB)

“I just feel like this was just not a tragic accident (pauses). Somebody was chasing them to cause this accident to happen,” said Stokes.

Stokes believes the brothers were running from gunshots since they were driving another person’s car. She feels someone could’ve targeted the wrong boys.

“One of the officers had told us that they was being chased, shot at. They found bullet shells in the area,” said Stokes.

The Albany Police Department released this statement after the family said they believe this case has been left in the air.

First, there are no words that can express the pain the family continues to go through over the loss of Karon and the injuries Kyree suffered because of the accident. Our prayer is that the family find strength in the days ahead. 
Albany Police Department

Although two years have passed, the grieving grandmother is still pleading for answers.

“We’re pleading, we’re begging and we’re asking the public if anybody know anything that might could help solve this case,” said Stokes.

She wants anyone who knows anything to come forward.

“Give us some kind of closure so we can start a healing process,” said Stokes.

And finally, know what truly happened in this mystery.

“We love you. Until we meet again, up in heaven,” said Stokes.

Now that statement also sent heartfelt condolences to this family.

Police are encouraging anyone with information in this case to contact investigators or CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS immediately.

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