JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has dodged a bullet. The proposed severe budget cuts to the department will not happen.
So with the threat seemingly over, a local family desperate for answers hopes JSO will move ahead with full staff and solve Amber Bass' murder.
"When you already feel like her case is falling on the back burner when they tell you they're going to shorten the police force you feel like, 'Oh my God she's, going to get thrown in the mix,'" said Robin Lezcano, Amber Bass' sister.
Amber was shot in her sister's driveway on the 8400 block of Springtree Road around 2:30 a.m. July 19. Now more than a month later, police say there is still no motive or suspect description.
So when the Bass family heard about the possibility of losing nearly 400 JSO officers to budget cuts, they feared the worst.
But Thursday, the City Council finance committee put an end to the budget debate and reversed a $28 million cut to JSO.
A decision that gave the Bass family the strength they needed to celebrate Amber's birthday.
"It just shows that they regard safety and security in the community is more important because it's all about families," said Keith Bass, Amber Bass' father.
And all about enjoying the time that you have with the ones you love.
First Coast News