Social media keeps hope alive for justice for well-known River Walk duck

Social media keeps hope alive for justice for well-known River Walk duck

Credit: 'Justice for George' Facebook page

Four months after San Antonio's beloved George the Duck was senselessly killed along the River Walk, leads have all but dried up and the case appears to have stalled. Lisa Norwood with Animal Care Services says solving the murder of George the Duck is still a priority, but information has been hard to come by. "The witnesses stopped cooperating and there are no new leads at this time," said Norwood. Despite the setbacks, a special Facebook page has helped keep the story top of mind. 'Justice for George' is a special Facebook page followed by over 7,000 users filled with tributes and demands for the killers to be caught.

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by JEFF ANASTASIO

KENS 5 San Antonio

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:04 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- She was a point of pride for locals and embodied the friendly Alamo City spirit with each step of her two-webbed feet. 

George the Duck, known for frolicking outside Original Mexican Restaurant greeting visitors in her unique friendly way, met a heartbreaking end in the early hours of May 29. 

Surveillance video later showed two men picking up the sleeping duck by the neck and tossing her limp body into the river.

If there's been any doubt George the Duck’s presence has been missed these past four months along the River Walk, one need only turn to social media.

In the first couple of weeks after the initial news broke a social media firestorm spread across Facebook and before long, a community of over 7,000 people had a place to keep the senseless killing top of mind even when the ink ran dry in the paper, and the TV news signed off.

All these months later, the 'Justice for George' Facebook page continues to flow with emotional tributes and disbelief that the killers have still not been caught.

  • On Facebook: Click here to LIKE 'Justice for George' page
While the headlines have moved on, social media does not forget.

"The thought of the trust that George had for humans and the thought of the jerks that betrayed that trust makes me sick." Angela Kilcollins wrote on Facebook from Austin.

"I am in Manchester, UK & have been following this story throughout.  We live in cruel times I am sorry to say." Pam Shotton wrote.  "I hope they catch the bastards who did this."



Their voices are as diverse as the cities in which they originate, but from all corners of the planet they are singular in their demand:  To simply to find justice for George.

The page's creator is quick to turn attention away from himself, but Chance Nunn admits he can relate to the anger shared by so many of his page's followers after first hearing of George's killing.

"I just sat there and thought about it a while, went through several emotions starting with mad, ending with determined,” said Chance.  Before long, that determination resulted into a digital soapbox for the world to share in their grief, anger and thirst for justice.

"It's been a wonderful experience being a part of this," says Chance.  "With so many people from all over the world, with so many differences coming together with common purposes."

Chance won't elaborate on whether his page has generated any credible leads or tips, and despite the explosive growth and attention from all over the world, the case is still wide open.



The disturbing surveillance video initially released has so far proven fruitless in finding the two men seen grabbing the sleeping duck and tossing its lifeless body into the river. 

For Lisa Norwood with Animal Care Services, solving the murder of George the Duck is still a priority, but information has been hard to come by, even from individuals who initially were helping.

“The witnesses stopped cooperating and there are no new leads at this time,” said Norwood. 

“Obviously we want to hold someone accountable but we can’t do that without the community’s help.  Any tips would be welcomed.”

To put it bluntly, four months after George last nipped at the heels of tourists along the River Walk – it appears the case is dead cold.

Chance and his 7,811 Facebook followers are undeterred.

"The Justice for George page members sharing the story over and over will eventually get the result we seek,” said Chance.  "Social media is the quickest way I know to spread the word about anything." 



Meanwhile, George the Duck will soon come home.  In a short ceremony on Friday, October 4 at 6 p.m., George’s ashes will be returned to the San Antonio River she loved, near the spot where she died. 

Fittingly, this will happen on the same day Catholics celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals who personified the pursuit of justice.  

According to 'Justice for George', a $15,000 dollar reward remains in the case.

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