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Local Group Looks For Answers About Unsolved Murders

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 11:20 AM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- The group a "Voice for those who have been silenced by violence" say
there are more than 3 dozen unsolved murders in the Capital City.

Those are just the ones they are aware of. Saturday, they hoped their message would help solve at least one case.

"Our
loved ones can't speak for themselves anymore and it's our chance to
speak for them," said Jennifer Gant, the relative of a unsolved murder
victim.

Juneteenth today is considered a celebration along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Springfield.

The
holiday goes back to 1865 when enslaved Africans in the U.S. learned
two and a half years after the fact that they were free.

At this
year's celebration family and friends of unsolved murder victims feel
as if they are prisoners and the people who killed their loved ones are
free.

That includes Nicki Renfro, whose son Jared Womack was killed along with a friend more than 10 years ago.

"It's a cold case sitting with dust on it, but I want the dust removed," said Renfro.

It's a case with no leads, but is still fresh in her mind.

"I
got a call and they said your son has been shot and I rushed him to the
hospital. Not too long after that then they said he had surgery and
declared him dead," said Renfro.

It's a story the group "A voice
of those who have been silenced by violence" says is repeated too often
in the capital city. To date, there are 44 unsolved murders they are
aware of.

"There is people out here waiting a year to 20 years for justice for their loved ones," said Gant.

Jennifer's
Gants husband has been waiting since August 7th 2011. That's when his
cousin anthony gant was shot in the head outside his home on South Wirt
Street.

"I look at his pictures everyday. It's something I like
seeing with a smile on his face. So I wake up look at that smile that I
would see each and everyday," said cousin, Michael Gant.

Gant
says there are still no leads, it's another case gone cold. He hopes by
speaking out at the popular festival someone will step forward.

"If you guys want justice or you want to seek justice, step up, don't be scared," said Gant.

Speaking
with the group, many of them agree the Juneteeth Festival is one of the
only times they have interaction with Springfield Police.

Nicki Renfro says she will keep fighting for justice until she can't anymore.

As always, if you have any information about an unsolved crime call Crimestoppers at 788-8426.

You don't have to tell them who you are and if your information leads to an arrest they'll pay you for it. Local Group Looks For Answers About Unsolved Murders


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