Celebration for the ‘Dancing King,’ looking for justice while bringing the community together
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Justice for Roderick Russ, that’s what the community of Cambridge say’s they’re trying to bring with Saturday’s community event. “If I can be a change to help this community, then that’s what I’m gonna do but while I’m doing it there’s still going to be justice for my son,” says the mother of the late Roderick Russ, Jeanna Elliott.
Music and community members filled the street on Saturday, those young and old came together to celebrate the life of Roderick. One of Roderick’s sister tells us, “Just to see the community come together is amazing, I’m not used to seeing this many people rally together honestly at one time,” says Denne.
However, the day was about more than just celebrating a life, I’m told it was really about bringing awareness to a man whose murderer has yet to be found. Although, on Saturday his loved ones focused on giving community members a chance to gather, dance, play and promote their businesses. “Me as a mother, I know what a blessing he was to me but to hear how much he was a blessing to others, my sons life wasn’t in vain. Even though it was cut short my son’s life wasn’t in vain,” says Elliott.
Roderick’s family also says, he was deeply involved with the community and they hope the event gave them a chance to unify everyone, something Roderick always tried to do. “The smile on his face would light up any room,” says Denne. She adds, “It was an amazing sight to see the talent that he had and then to be able to gather people together with him was just an awesome sight to see.”
Elliott tells 47 ABC, herself, her friend Wendy Stafford Jones and her daughter Sha’Quanna had the vision to carry on his legacy with these types of events. She also tells us, Saturday’s outcome proved to them they really pulled it off. “From this event, I don’t plan on this being my last, I don’t plan on it being my last,” says Elliott.
Elliot says even though the event brought together the community, she still can’t sleep until justice is served for her son.
Elliott also tells us, donations made at the event will go to a reward fund for anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of Roderick’s killer, Ryshon Kelly. She says she also hopes to create a scholarship fund in her son’s name to help support a youth member in the community.
If anyone has information on the case or the whereabouts of the suspect, you’re asked to call (410)-228-3611.