The parents of slain University at Albany student Richard Bailey came to Albany Monday to ask the public for information about who killed their only son.
Lisa and Jim Bailey of Wantagh, Nassau County, met with reporters on Monday afternoon, minutes after police released a surveillance video taken the night of the shooting. It shows a male on a BMX bike not far from the murder scene.
“On behalf of my wife and my entire family we want to ask anyone who might have any information, even the slightest bit of information, on who killed our son, to please come forward and provide the Albany Police Department with that information,” said Jim Bailey, a retired member of the New York City Police Department.
“It has been a very, very trying time for my entire family. I would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support during this difficult time in our lives. It is our extreme hope the person, or persons, responsible will be identified and held accountable so my family can move forward.”
The two fought back tears while surrounded by several photos of their son and said they were very disappointed no one has come forward.
Lisa Bailey said the family was holding up as well as can be expected and is taking it “every day one step at a time.”
They said they believe someone is out there who could help.
Jim Bailey said, “I don’t want to believe no one saw anything. My son died. We need closure so we can move on. We’ll never move on, but we need to know why.”
Richard Bailey, a 22-year-old senior sociology and criminal justice major, was shot Oct. 20 on South Lake Avenue and Yates Street, just a few blocks from his apartment on Park Avenue.
The Baileys described their son as a great kid who was always smiling and was kind to everyone he encountered. He went by the name “Bailey.” His mother said, “He always had a smile and always could cheer you up.”
The couple said they had been to Albany since their son’s death to talk to police about the continuing investigation and to clean out their son’s apartment.
They came forward on Monday because it was exactly one month from the date of his death. Jim Bailey said he hopes someone will look at the surveillance video and recognize a jacket, a shoe or remember seeing the person. He urged anyone to come forward with information, anonymously if necessary, even if it seems insignificant. “Anything, anything at all.”
The black and white surveillance tape was taken at approximately 11:32 p.m. on Oct. 20 from a business on Ontario Street about three blocks from where Bailey was shot.
It shows what appears to be a young male with a hooded sweatshirt on a BMX bicycle pedaling down the street.
Since Bailey was killed, police have wanted to speak to three males who were seen on BMX bikes that night, but they have not been able to identify them and none has come forward.
“We have no suspect and no motive,” said Detective James Miller, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. He said that police have had the surveillance tape but decided to release it to the public on Monday.
On the night of the murder there were several other students who were victims of random robberies, but nothing was taken from Bailey.
Bailey had just taken the New York City Police Department test on Oct. 20 and had returned to Albany at about 7:30 p.m. and was watching football with friends at a bar. He was walking to a friend’s apartment when he was shot in the head. He died the following day.
Jim Bailey said he and his wife were asleep when they received a knock on the door on Oct. 20. A detective told him he had to call a number, that there had been an accident.
“I called the number and they said: ‘Your son has been shot.’ Shot! I thought an accident, maybe a car.”
The couple said they do not have bitter feelings about Albany. Lisa Bailey said her son absolutely loved Albany and the University at Albany and he never said he felt unsafe when he was in the city.
Jim Bailey said he wants to ask whoever is responsible for killing his son, “Why? Why did you target this poor kid?”
Lisa Bailey, who wore a pin with her son’s photo and another that said “Donate Life,” said when they knew their son was not going to live, she requested he be an organ donor. He helped save four lives. “We are very proud of that,” she said.
It was the only thing that kept her going in the hospital, knowing that by donating his organs he will live on in a way. “Life is precious and evil will not prevail,” said Lisa Bailey, fighting tears.
“There are good people out there. We just have to remember that.”