Candlelight, prayers and songs will fill the yard of an empty house tomorrow. The friends and family of Robin Reeves will gather at her house on Gordon Street to remember her life on the third anniversary of her death.
Ms. Reeves was killed in her home on Feb. 27, 2001. According to Special Agent Mike Seigler of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, there are suspects in the case, and recent leads are currently being pursued. However, no one is in custody in relation to the case.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. to remember Ms. Reeves and to bring family and friends back together three years after her murder. Organizers of the gathering also hope that it will refocus attention on the unsolved case.
"I hope it brings light back to the case itself," said Mike Love, one of the organizers of the vigil. "It's been three years, and we still don't know who did this to Robin. We just hope the attention draws or pleads with somebody to talk about what they know."
The gathering started soon after the murder and has grown every year when it was moved to the anniversary of Ms. Reeves' death. Last year, more than 100 people showed up even with threatening weather.
"One of Robin's friends did one several weeks after Robin was murdered, and it's kind of picked up from that," Mr. Love said. "We've done it every year since the day Robin was murdered."
The vigil will consist of music, prayers and remarks from several of Ms. Reeves' friends. A pastor will also be present to give a short message. The entire service will take place under only candlelight.
"Our main goal is to keep it alive and let people know that it's still not solved because it kind of just goes away," Mr. Love said.
Organizers say that anyone who is interested in attending the vigil is welcome. They also ask for those who cannot make the event to pray for the case to be solved so that Ms. Reeves' loved ones will have closure.
The Thomson Police Department is overseeing a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The reward was recently raised to $15,000 by a donation from Ms. Reeves' family. Anyone interested in contributing to the reward fund can contact the TPD.
"One thing I think is, the more you have to offer, the more you're going to get somebody to talk," Mr. Love said.
Another aspect of the work friends and family are doing is the black ribbon campaign. Mr. Love said ribbons on mailboxes and cars represent Ms. Reeves' life and the crime has not been solved.