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Annual candlelight vigil honors murder victim

Robin Reeves loved God, her family, her job and her community.

But somebody wanted her dead.

Why exactly is as unclear today as it was back on Feb. 27, 2001, when she was discovered murdered inside her Gordon Street home in Thomson. Ms. Reeves, a secretary at the Augusta Technical College's Thomson campus, had been stabbed multiple times, while her daughter, Hannah Neville and infant son, Joseph Standridge, slept. The children were not harmed.

Each year since Ms. Reeves' tragic death, family and friends have held a candlelight vigil to remember her and the fact that her case remains an open investigation by local and state law enforcement agencies. At 7 p.m. Saturday, family and friends will again unite for a candlelight vigil.

The guest speaker for this year's remembrance will be Nick Harbin, a Cairo, Ga. resident, who was a former classmate of Ms. Reeves' when the two attended and graduated from Thomson High School. The vigil will be held on the front lawn of the residence where Ms. Reeves was slain at 214 Gordon Street.

Her mother, Faye Reeves, remains hopeful that someday her daughter's case will be solved. Until then, she stays busy raising her daughter's two children,

"I want the authorities to solve Robin's murder more than anything," said Mrs. Reeves, who lived next door to her daughter at the time of her slaying. "I hope I'm still living to see them arrest the person who did this terrible thing to my daughter. This tragedy took so many things from my family -- the biggest being my grandchildren's mother from them."

Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway, who will be retiring soon, said he regrets that his department hasn't been able to solve the murder of Robin Reeves.

"It's a case that we've spent hundreds of hours looking into," said Chief Hathaway during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "I wish we could get the information that we need to put the person who did this behind bars where they belong."

Until someone comes forth with additional information or evidence that names a particular person or persons as having committed this crime, the case is apt to remain unsolved.

A sizable reward still is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Anyone with information regarding the Robin Reeves murder case should contact the Thomson Police Department at (706) 595-2166, the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at (706) 595-2040 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson at (706) 595-2575.

Web posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010

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