We stood on a chilly Friday night and watched the candlelight dance as we remembered Robin Reeves and her heinous murder three years ago that night. The case is unsolved. Nearly 85 of us stared at the luminaries during our vigil and wondered if or when justice was going to be done in finding a killer or killers.
We pondered and discussed among ourselves when the case would be cracked and when the individual or individuals responsible for the attack of Robin in the hallway of her Gordon Street home would be brought to justice.
As I stood, shivered, listened, thought, cried and talked to others I thought, "Are police doing all they can to catch the killer, or are we being overly harsh in our judgment because we miss Robin?"
Only law enforcement can answer that. However, the absence of a representative from at least two of the agencies investigating the case, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Thomson Police Department, made me a little edgy.
Maybe it's just me, but I think when a community loses, its law agencies should at least have a representative there to show interest. There was a McDuffie County Sheriff's Department officer in uniform and for his presence I am appreciative. The service should have also been attended by more of our community. I hope the passing of time does not mean that our citizens have lost touch with the fact that a killer is among us.
The two local papers were represented, as were the Thomson radio stations. From my vantage point, I saw WRDW Channel-12 in attendance, and understood they led with a two-minute segment on their 11 p.m. news. The other TV outlets in Augusta must have had more important things to do. They were notified of the vigil.
In talking to lawmen, I have learned the case is still wide open. The rumor mill stories circulating have been checked and rechecked. Names that pop up are investigated in an effort to make an arrest.
Someone out there is hiding. The person or persons responsible for her death are living life free and easy, while they carry the secret that they stole someone else's.
I pray that all branches of law enforcement working this case are investigating this case like it was their daughter or mother that got killed. I hope the ones responsible for protecting us would investigate every case like it was committed against them or their loved ones. If you are doing that, then thank-you and Godspeed. If you are not, check-up and recommit yourselves to finding the one or ones who took a life with little thought of the consequences.
Also, if there is anyone out there with information related to the case that might help officers do their duty more fruitfully, please alert them. Regardless of the smallness or largeness of what you might have to offer, it just may lead to the capture of this robber of life.
We have not forgotten and will not forget. We will not rest until arrests are made and a degree of healing can set in for those who miss Robin just as if every day was Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2001.