derek williams

Derek Williams

By Dieujuste Johnson

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

On November 7, 2013, four people were shot and killed in Jacksonville, Florida. No arrest has ever been made.

Derek Lennard Williams was one of the victims. For Sakina Bell, his mother, life must goes on, but she continues to remember and grieve for her beloved Derek.

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melissa ellison

Melissa Ellison

 

By Sara Crouch

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

Christmas was always the most wonderful time of the year for the Taylor family – two parents and five beautiful daughters who called Jacksonville home. The family matriarch, Catherine, loved every minute of the holiday. There would be at least 30 people all under her roof and decorations galore. Everyone loved it, but the most distinctive and contagious laugh belonged to Melissa Ellison, known by friends and family as Missy. She was the second oldest of the five girls.

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Jim Murray

By Joseph Manuola

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

In 1973, Jim Murray lost his father. He became the family patriarch, taking care of his siblings and making sure everyone had what they needed to survive. By the time he was murdered sixteen years later, they had learned to survive on their own, but that didn’t make the loss hurt any less. Read more