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10/19/04

Family Remembers Murdered Woman Three Years Later

Brenda King, murdered three years ago today. Brenda King, murdered three years ago today.

Family members of Brenda King are still looking for closure. She was murdered while waiting at a bus stop on Martin Luther King, Blvd. and 45th Street. Her body was found near a hedge in front of a house three years ago today.

Police say cases like Brenda's get harder and harder to solve as time goes by, but all it takes is just one bit of information to find her killer.

The only her three children have left to remind them of their mother is their memories and her picture. It's a picture their aunt Rose holds close to her heart. "My son called me an said that, that they found somebody murdered and he asked me to call her job, which was Terry's Day Care," Rose Simmons told us. "I called and they said she didn't report to work, and then two detectives came out so we can identify her, and that's when I told her three kids that it was her."

Brenda's sister recalls police telling her that Brenda was waiting for the bus when somebody came up and strangled her to death, then dragged her body into some bushes nearby.

"It's been very hard, because I was very close to my sister," Rose told us.

According to Rose, the strangest thing about her sister's murder is that it seemed so random. She wasn't sexually assaulted, nor was she robbed.

"She still had her cell phone on her, she didn't take her purse to work or nothing, and they drug her behind a daycare on 45th and Martin Luther King," said Rose.

It's a cold case police say they are still investigating, but they don't have any new leads. They hope somebody who knows something will come forward and Brenda's family will finally have peace.

"I wish they would find out who did this to my sister," said Rose. "She leaves behind her mother, her father, her sisters, her brothers and her three children."

If you have any information about what happened to Brenda, please call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020 or call police. Her family will be holding a candle light vigil tonight to help remind the community of the importance of looking out for one another.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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