Walk raises awareness of cold cases

By Lindsey Gordon

Published 07/31 2014 06:02PM

Updated 08/01 2014 12:07PM

Update: 10:02 pm
DECATUR -- Twenty years ago, a woman was killed. Thursday night, people gathered to remember others whose murders go unsolved. Families gathered in Central Park to honor those taken by violence. WCIA-3's Lindsey Gordon has more.

It's hard to imagine a loved one being killed, but these people want closure. Those who turned out want to make sure their loved ones are not forgotten.

The family of Sherry Lewis hasn't given up hope. In August, Terry Lewis-Foor will be 20-years without her twin sister, Sherry. She was just 30 and enjoying life as a realtor when she was killed.

"This has been twenty painful years. It doesn't get easier."

No day goes by without Terry thinking about her sister. That's why she's here.

"With all of us families coming together, hopefully we can get closure for either my case or one of these other cases here."

She wasn't alone. Several families are dealing with cold cases.

"We still keep hope. I mean, without hope, what else do you have?"

These people met for the first time last year. Criminals are Wanted was named for Caleb Witty who was murdered after walking home from the Decatur Celebration three years ago. His family hopes to hold this vigil as his legacy.

"Sherry's story inspired us. We don't want to be that family in twenty years. You know, where you look something up, there's nothing there. We didn't want that and we don't want other families to go through that too."

The message was to urge people to pay attention to unsolved cases and come forward if they have tips because it could bring peace to a grieving family.

"There's got to be someone out there who knows something about this case or one of these other unsolved murders in Decatur."

State police say there are 25 unsolved deaths listed on its website. Sherry Lewis is one of them. Most of the victims were murdered.
Original: 6:02 pm
DECATUR -- Victims of violent crime are being remembered Thursday night. The second annual Criminals are Wanted Memorial Walk takes place at Central Park, at 7 pm. It's hosted by families who've had a loved one murdered. They want to bring awareness to cold cases in hopes new leads will surface.

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