CREATED Apr. 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 23, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's a painful time for this grandfather. He says police harass his family and mislabel them as trouble. That attention the Fort Myers Police Department gave a now broken-up rap group, is a reason why he says his grandchildren ended up dead.
"[I'm] hurt, [in] a lot of pain," described Willie McBride, of Fort Myers.
McBride was out of town on Sunday when he got the news that his grandsons, Paul Baldwin, 20, and Jiatarious Brunson, 17, known as JoJo, were gunned down.
"All of a sudden my granddaughter gets in touch with me as we're going to shoot the final and said that my two grand kids was dead and I fell apart," recounted McBride.
Officers say the boys were shot at a home on Capulet Lane on Saturday and later died at the hospital.
"I don't think kids should get killed because of a video," added McBride.
It's the portrayal of the local Lake Boyz rap videos by the police department that McBride believes is to blame. Baldwin is shown dancing in one of them. And in September, another of McBride's grand kids, Jamaris Williams, 19, also in the video, was killed during a drive-by shooting.
"Whoever decided to put the video on they put it on for a reason because they didn't like my grand kids," said McBride.
Police Chief Doug Baker isn't talking to Fox 4. But he told other media last year that the Lake Boyz were a serious threat to themselves, the community and law enforcement.
"Were JoJO and Paul involved in any kind of trouble?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann to McBride. "No, they wasn't," he replied. "They're not bad kids, they're always respectable."
McBride is now mourning three grandchildren killed in a year. Sadly, he says this likely won't be the end of the violence.
"In the long run, the good Lord is going to give you the same thing that you live by," said McBride. "You live by the gun, you die by the gun."
Police are searching for a suspect. If you have any leads, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-781-TIPS.