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    Danick Adams, 18, murdered in Jacksonville

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    "She is greatly missed. We miss her every day," says Susan Day.

    Day is 18-year-old Danick Adams' aunt.

    She says, "It will bring some peace to our sorrow, to our grief."

    A year-and-a-half later, she is still mourning her death.

    "Just typically teenager. Just a typical 18-year-old teenager," Day remembers.

    She was a teen full of life, a young woman who made people laugh and a new mom on the adventure of raising her baby girl.

    "She had her whole life ahead of her," says Day. "She was just beginning."

    But on Aug. 15, 2008 tragedy struck. Adams and a friend were leaving Ultimate Fitness in Jacksonville around 2 a.m. when police say a man came up to them with a gun, demanding their purses, cell phones and their car. Detectives say the pair did what the man said, but when they tried to get away, the gunman shot and killed Adams.

    Day says, "She was taken in such a violent way. She was shot and left on a pavement to die with nobody around her."

    Just 45 minutes after the murder, Adams' car was spotted at a nearby intersection. Police immediately responded, but once they got here, they say the driver got out and ran never to be seen again. Police searched all night for the driver.

    The days following, family and friends gathered to remember and pay tribute.

    One friend said at Adams' memorial, "She will always be on my mind and in my heart. Although she is gone, she is never forgotten."

    It was a tearful goodbye, while police poured over the investigation. Physical evidence was found in the car and at the murder scene but it matches no one in the state criminal DNA database.

    Jacksonville Police Department's April Kiser says she feels confident people in the community are withholding information.

    Kiser says, "We just want to reassure the family and the public that we are looking into this case every day, every week. We are following all leads that are turned in and will continue to do so until a conviction is made."

    Which is why the department put up the billboard last week, offering $5,000 reward. It's something Adams' family is forever grateful for.

    Day says, "We will never give up. Until the day I die, I will be trying to find out who did this to her. I still talk to her. I still tell her how much I love her and how much we are going to try to get this solved."

    Adams' daughter will turn 3 years old this weekend. Her family says they are doing everything they can to let her know about her mother.

    Meantime, police add that Adams may have known her killer. When police found the abandoned car, a passenger was inside. She has been questioned repeatedly. Police say she has been cooperative and that she claims she met the driver only five minutes before police arrived.

    If you have any information, you are asked to call 501-982-INFO.

    Our cold case series airs every Wednesday night and is part of our continuing effort to shed light on the state's countless unsolved murders and missing persons cases.  If you have a story, e-mail us at news@todaysthv.com.

     

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