On Saturday, June 30, 2001 police were called to the W. 27th Street apartment of 19-year-old Vickie Cook in Jacksonville, Florida. Officers arrived on the scene and found Vickie with a life threatening stab wound to her chest. She was transported to the local trauma hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. Multiple children were in the home when Vickie was attacked. The investigation revealed that two black males had pulled up to the apartment in a black Lexus car. According to reports the driver entered Vickie’s residence with the intent to rob her. The passenger stayed back and never entered the home. Detectives at the time reported that the passenger drove away from the scene in a stolen blue Chevrolet Astro van with a large gray stripe and a temporary tag in the right rear window.
Vickie Cook was described by friends and family as “a funny, smart and dedicated mother”. Vickie’s two young daughters, along with other children, were in the house when she was stabbed. Growing up without a mom has been difficult and, as described in a 2015 interview, the girls are still hopeful someone will come forward with information that leads to answers and justice.
“We haven’t had justice for her and that’s what we want. But we haven’t gotten it. It’s just hard.” – Vickie Cook’s now teenage daughter, Jazmin
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit recently submitted Vickie’s case to Project Cold Case, Inc. so that we could spotlight and publicize the unsolved murder of this young mother. If you have any information, no matter how small, please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500. To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward up to $3,000 you can submit a web tip or call First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS.
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