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Reeves vigil marks fifth year Monday

The vigil held outside Robin Reeves' house on Gordon Street every February marks another year's passing without anyone being held accountable for the Feb. 27, 2001 stabbing death of the Thomson woman.

On Monday, the event will make it five years. But her family and friends refuse to lose hope that Robin Reeves' two children, Hannah Neville and Joseph Standridge, will see their mother's killer behind bars, bringing the closure for which they all pray.

There is a dual purpose behind the yearly gathering: to remember Robin's life and to keep her story in the eyes and ears of the public who may yet know something that could bring justice to the unsolved murder.

"It's a night to remember Robin and let everyone know that we're still looking for the person that killed Robin," said family friend and vigil organizer Mike Love.

To Faye Reeves, Robin's mother, the vigil is more than that. To her, the event is about support from the community, and most importantly it's about prayer.

"(The vigil) is to keep it in people's minds, to know that it is unsolved," she said, "and to please pray for the children."

"We know prayer works, and the more we have praying, the more it helps," Mr. Love said.

The candlelight vigil begins at 7 p.m. and will include family friends speaking about Robin, songs from Patricia Kennedy and prayer. For the first time at the event, Faye Reeves hopes to get through reading a poem about her daughter.

About 75 people showed up to remember Robin last year in the rain. According to organizers, the event has grown every year, and they hope this year will be no exception.

Though no one has ever been charged with the murder, Robin's ex-husband Robert Standridge was initially a suspect. He was convicted of stalking Robin, but police have said he has an alibi for the night of the murder.

Mr. Standridge is currently serving a two-year prison sentence for probation violation. Barring clemency from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, he is scheduled for release on Sept. 28, 2007.

"I have taken the look that 2006 is going to be our year," Mr. Love said. "Robert has been sent to…prison, and he will be there for two years. Hopefully when people learn that he's in jail and he's behind bars for two years, they'll feel a little more comfortable to talk."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is not allowed to comment about an ongoing investigation. But after Mr. Love and Faye Reeves met with Gov. Sonny Purdue during his visit to Thomson last year, the state portion of the reward fund was raised $2,000 to total $17,000. The lack of a resolution, though, still frustrates friends and family.

"The same story we always hear is they're following on leads. That's all we ever hear," Mr. Love said. "Those leads have got to end somewhere."

Web posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006

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