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Still looking for answers: Family, friends remember Reeves at annual vigil


Hannah Neville holds a candle in memory of her mother, Robin Reeves, who was killed in 2001.

The fifth anniversary of the death of a young Thomson woman was remembered Monday night, Feb. 27, with a candlelight vigil.

Around 70 people attended the vigil on Gordon Street, at the home of Robin Reeves. Ms. Reeves was found stabbed to death in the hallway of the home on the night of Feb. 27, 2001. She was 35 at the time of her death.


Larry Tilby of North Augusta lights his candle using the flame of Anne King.

Ms. Reeves was remembered during the vigil last night with prayer, songs, tears and even some laughter. One of Ms. Reeves' co-workers and friends at Augusta Technical College, Sabrina Sims, said it was a sad day to return to work without Robin there.

"I remembered feeling just a sense of loss and despair," she said. "Don't think I've ever felt so lonely in my life, and that sense of despair radiated throughout our college. Everyone felt that way. We had lost one of our family, one of our brightest, sweetest and shining stars."

Ms. Sims also remembered Ms. Reeves during happy times such as when she would collect the toys from Happy Meals to give to visiting children at Augusta Tech.


Participants in Monday night's memorial ceremony hold candles in remembrance of Robin Reeves.

"When people would come in, or when staff and faculty would come in and bring their children to meet her, she would dig around in that drawer and she would pull out a prize," Ms. Sims said. "Of course the child's face would light up, and they'd come over to get it. Of course her face would light up too."

Robin's mother, Faye Reeves, read the poem Hold Us Up Lord which she said is like a prayer to remember Robin.

"Lord, we know you're always busy, for you have so many things to do, but when sorrow overcomes us, when we need to talk to you," she read in a voice cracking with emotion. "For we've lost someone precious and they're with You there above, and it's someone that we needed, and it's someone that we love. We're feeling lost and all alone, and though we do believe, we need You Lord to hold us up. To help us while we grieve."

No one has been charged in Robin Reeves' murder and a reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction at $17,000. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Thomson Police Department or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Previous stories
 • Looking for answers: Ceremony remembers slain woman
 • Silohuettes to mark Victims' Rights Awareness Week 2005
 • Perdue ups ante in Reeves case
 • Reeves asks Perdue for help in solving daughter's murder
 • For the victims: Events honor victim's rights in McDuffie
 • Looking for answers: Ceremony remembers slain woman
 • Silohuettes to mark Victims' Rights Awareness Week 2005
 • Remembering Robin Reeves: Four years later, questions remain
 • Remembering Robin: Family and friends hope vigil brings focus back to case

 'Mourning a mother' slideshow

Previous stories from The Augusta Chronicle
 • Slaying victim found
 • Police look for woman's killer
 • Autopsy confirms stabbing
 • Woman's slaying remains unsolved
 • Thomson police set up reward in slaying case
 • Victim's mother seeks custody
 • Reward rises in slaying case
 • Father refuses psychological exam
 • Stalking sentence deferred
 • Slain woman's ex gets probation for stalking
 • Investigation, custody battle drag on
 • Judge grants custody to slaying victim's mother

 • Tears of a job
 • Don't keep justice waiting in cases

Letters to the Editor
 • A call for justice, healing and remembrance

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