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Annual vigil honors murder victim

Friends and family of Robin Reeves have waited 10 long years for closure. And they're still waiting.

The annual vigil to celebrate Ms. Reeves' life will be held Sunday evening on the front porch of the house where she lived on Gordon Street in Thomson.

Mike Love started the vigil the year after his friend's death and continues the tradition today. Mr. Love said when he began he never dreamed the case would still be unsolved so many years later.

"I never would have thought it would drag on this long," he said. "It's time for somebody to come forward with the truth for the children. The children need closure; (Robin's mother) Faye needs closure."

Ms. Reeves was murdered inside the home she shared with her young daughter, Hannah Neville, and son, Joseph Standridge, who was a baby at the time. Her mother, Faye Reeves, lived next door.

Pat Morgan, assistant special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Region 7 Office, said the case is not cold even though it has been a decade since the slaying.

"We still have leads, and I just did an interview the other day," Agent Morgan said, adding that he believes the case is very solvable.

But until then, family and friends still hope and pray, and remember. Mr. Love said friends of Ms. Reeves will speak during the vigil, which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at 214 Gordon St.

A sizable reward is still offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for the crime, Agent Morgan said. Anyone with information may call the GBI Region 7 office at (706) 595-2575, Thomson Police Department at (706) 595-2166, or McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at (706) 595-2040.

Web posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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