Two Year Anniversary of Cold Case Murder
MARION-- Family members of a young woman killed two years ago are still seeking answers in the murder mystery.
It was two years ago Tuesday that 21 year-old Falon Taylor was shot to death while sleeping.
Police have yet to arrest a suspect in the case, and family members of Falon are appealing to the public for help.
"They killed my daughter and as long as they're free-- it could be somebody else's child."
Several times each month, Angie Hopkins comes to visit the gravesite of her daughter Falon Taylor in Marion.
On January 6th, 2007, Falon was murdered inside a vacant home on East Oak Street in Carbondale.
A witness had reported seeing one or two men force open the front door of the home around midnight, and fire shots into a bedroom where Falon was sleeping.
Angie says her daughter left behind two young boys.
"I'm raising them. Me and my husband. They're Braxton and Brennan. Braxton's now 4 and Brennan's 3."
The children often ask about their mom. Angie says they don't understand what happened to her.
"Braxton often goes into like a little depression and he'll sit and bow and says he's thinking about her and he just misses her. And you know, what can you say?"
For Angie, the hardest part is not having closure in this case.
"There are people out there who know what happened."
There is a $6,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Falon Taylor.
"The people that took her life-- they destroyed endless possibilities."
Angie says the only way Falon can really rest in peace is if this cold case is closed.
If you have information on the murder of Falon Taylor, Carbondale police would like to hear from you at 618-457-3200.
The F.A.L.O.N. Project is an online organization named after Falon Taylor.
It was set up to encourage neighborhood watch programs in the hopes of preventing violent crimes.
You can find information on this program on www.myspace.com
By: Jackie McPherson