Nick Harbin has often thought of childhood friend Robin Reeves.
"I remember the warmth of her smile and how much fun we had in school," recalled Mr. Harbin after he addressed about 50 family members and friends at the annual candlelight vigil held for Ms. Reeves last Saturday night at 214 Gordon Street in Thomson.
It was at that residence where Robin Reeves was murdered on Feb. 27, 2001. A candlelight vigil has been held there every year since to remember her life. The case remains unsolved.
"We had the best time all the way from the seventh grade until the time we graduated from Thomson High School in 1984," said Mr. Harbin, a stay-at-home parent, who lives in Cairo, Ga. Mr. Harbin, who was accompanied to the vigil by his wife, Kim, who is an emergency room physician at the hospital in Cairo, said he's never forgotten the special friendship that he and Ms. Reeves shared.
"She was a real dear special friend of mine," said Mr. Harbin during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror .
While attending seventh grade classes at what was known then as R.L. Norris Middle School, Mr. Harbin remembered notes being exchanged between him and Ms. Reeves.
"We had the best time in school," said Mr. Harbin. "Robin was so much fun to be around."
The two also played on the tennis team for a couple of years while attending Thomson High School.
"We had a lot of fun playing tennis, too," added Mr. Harbin.
He pointed out that the candlelight vigils that have been held every year since Ms. Reeves' murder should continue.
Mike Love, a local businessman and close friend of the Reeves' family, was responsible for starting the annual candlelight vigils.
"I think it's important to keep the candlelight vigil going in her memory for as long as it takes to bring the person to justice who took Robin's life," said Mr. Harbin. "It's important to keep a strong bond in the community and to keep her spirit alive. We just can't let her memory die."
Mr. Harbin, like Ms. Reeves' mother, Faye and Robin's children, Hannah and Joseph, continue to pray and seek answers.
"I continue to pray for Mrs. Reeves and Robin's two children that someday they will, along with all of Robin's friends, get the answers we've all been searching for so long," said Mr. Harbin.
Among friends and neighbors who attended the cold and windy vigil was the Rev. Keith M. McIntosh of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Thomson. Ms. Reeves was a member of that church.
A sizeable reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Robin Reeves.
Anyone with information 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.