ST. PETERSBURG — The family of Hydra Lacy Jr. on Wednesday lashed out at Mayor Bill Foster over his actions in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of two St. Petersburg police officers.
The family also praised Goliath Davis, a top city administrator and former city police chief, for attending Hydra Lacy's funeral on Saturday.
In a news conference Wednesday, family members said Foster wrongfully destroyed the crime scene by ordering the demolition of the home where the killings occurred — leaving them and the community with many unanswered questions.
"We can't substantiate anything that they are saying. They can't even substantiate anything that they're saying, because all of it is gone," said Jason Lacy, the gunman's brother.
The family also said Foster did not reach out to them in a time of pain and that Davis showed leadership by attending the funeral.
"He knew he was going to be criticized and kicked on, yet he still did it," said Darrell Lacy, another brother.
Other city employees were not as warm, he added.
Days before the funeral, Darrell Lacy's fiance, Tonja Waldon, made a deposit to reserve a room for a family gathering at a city-run facility on 22nd Street S, he said. Waldon could not name the facility, but said a city worker severed the contract three days before the funeral.
"When they found out it was my brother and his family, they told me we had to come get our money back," said Darrell Lacy.
Chief Assistant City Attorney Mark Winn said he was not aware of a contract.
The news conference was held at Bethel Community Baptist Church and was moderated by the Rev. Manuel Sykes, the recently elected president of the St. Petersburg NAACP. Sykes gave the eulogy for Hydra Lacy Saturday.
The family said they have felt under attack since the killings and question if they should suffer for Hydra Lacy's deeds. They are a good family, they said, and Hydra, while he had troubles with the law, had a caring side.
In his memory, they hope to create a scholarship fund to benefit the Police Athletic League.