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Jacksonville Family Makes Plea for Info in Loved One's Murder

9:54 PM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A memorial tribute was held in downtown Jacksonville today for dozens of residents killed in violent crimes.

The city hosted a candlelight vigil in Hemming Plaza in honor of Crime Victims Rights Week. Among the families was Beverly Jenkins-Simmons who said there are so many things unknown right now.

"But I do know this, there are times I ride down the road and I cry," said Jenkins-Simmons.

Her 30-year-old son was killed one month ago today during a drive-by shooting. Family members said Tommie Jenkins was at a party in the 7600 block of Bronson Lane and was hit by a stray bullet.

"I don't have my son to hold anymore but I have him in my heart," said Jenkins-Simmons.

His death comes only a little more than a year after another family tragedy: University Christian Student Makia Coney was shot and killed by two classmates. She was Jenkins-Simmons' niece.

"If it wasn't for God and our faith, we wouldn't be able to handle all of this," she said.

But while arrests have been made in the Coney case, her cousin's case remains unsolved.

"We need everybody's support. We need to know who killed Tommie," said Beverly McClain, a spokesperson for Families of Slain Children.

Families of Slain Children and First Coast Crime Stoppers are urging someone  to come forward with information.

"There's a lot of cases out there unsolved.  There's a lot of cold cases but every case out there, somebody knows something about it," said Wyllie Hodges, First Coast Crime Stoppers spokesperson.

"If you think it's small, it may not be small for us.  It could be huge and it could be a big break," said Stephen Jenkins Jr., Tommie Jenkins' brother.

Family members said Jenkins was a protector  He once even saved a drowning boy from a pool. Now he needs justice.

"Tell, talk, say what happened or what they saw or what they heard," said Jenkins-Simmons.

You can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS with information.  You'll remain anonymous and could receive a $1,000 reward.

First Coast News

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