Families of unsolved murder victims rally downtown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They want to re-ignite the spark to fuel the fire of interest in the unsolved murder cases of loved ones.

On Wednesday, family and friends of murder victims gathered downtown in a peaceful rally in downtown Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

"Can I give you some flyers for some unsolved murders?" one of the people who rallied said to the driver of a passing car Wednesday morning.

There's a link between these people that no one wants to share.

"Words can't explain what we are going through," Harriet McNeal said as she held up a poster showing her son and the young daughter he left behind.

McNeal's 21-year-old son, Brandon Green, was shot and killed in a club on September 8th, 2013.

"She misses her dad very much," she said of Brandon's daughter as she looked at the large poster.

McNeal and others are hoping the unsolved murder cases of their loved ones don't go cold. Cases like that of 25-year-old Michael England, who was killed May 28, 2013. His mother, Bridget Massie, was at the rally Tuesday.

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"Hopefully someone will have a conscience and call in a tip or turn themselves in," Massie said.

A friend of Jillian Marie Berrios who attended the rally said a $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. The friend of Berrios wants the public to keep an eye out for a red 2004-2010 Chevy Aveo hatchback.

Another victim's family in attendance was Barbara Bass. Her daughter, Amber, was shot and killed July 19, 2013.

"We're going to take it to the moon and back," Bass said. "We're not going to quit. I don't care how many years we have to standing out here. We're going to be here until the person who did this to these people are done."

Be it solved or unsolved, Jacksonville Sheriff Office's Director of Investigations and Homeland Security Tom Hackney said every family member of a case is equally important. He said there is a strong and dedicated effort in working toward solving them and they are making strides in some cases.

"Trust me, as a former homicide investigator, we don't forget," Hackney said. "We don't put these on hold. We don't just put them on a shelf and let them go."

Hackney also said cases are always able to be opened and re-opened with new information that comes forward.

He also said the community is an important part in helping to solve these cases.

If you know anything about these or other crimes contact the First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).


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