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Valerie Ames

By Zachary Sampley

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

It’s August 10, 1996 – a Saturday afternoon.

A woman enters her father’s apartment. He’s in jail, and she wants to check on things and make sure all doors are locked. She opens an unlocked door, and sees an unfamiliar woman lying dead in a pool of blood. Read more

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Ricardo Tillman, Jr.

By Johnakeshia Thompson

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

It’s been 19 years, but Ricardo Tillman, Sr. still cherishes the memories of his son.

Tillman says not a day goes by that he and his wife don’t think about their son or talk about him. His son, Ricardo Tillman, Jr., was stabbed on March 19, 2000, and died from an infection related to his wounds several weeks later. Ricardo, who went by ‘Rico,’ was 20 years old and a standout football player at Jacksonville University. Read more

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Tina Heins

By Alex Toth

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

This month will mark 25 years since Tina Sue Heins was brutally murdered in her apartment.

In the early morning hours on April 17, 1994, the Livernash family of Wisconsin Rapids received the most shocking, devastating, phone call of their lives.

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” Chad Livernash said. “I was in shock.”

His 20-year-old pregnant sister, Tina Heins, had been murdered earlier that day in Jacksonville, Florida. Heins was brutally stabbed 27 times in her apartment in Mayport. Her husband, Jeremy, was on duty at the Mayport Naval Base at the time of his wife’s murder. Read more