Thomson vigil marks 10 years since slaying

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THOMSON -- For many, Sunday evening's ceremony in front of 214 Gordon St. was their 10th candlelight vigil for Robin Reeves.

Faye Reeves (left) stands next to granddaughter Hannah Neville, 13, at a vigil for Robin Reeves, who was killed 10 years ago.   Garth Snow/Staff
Garth Snow/Staff
Faye Reeves (left) stands next to granddaughter Hannah Neville, 13, at a vigil for Robin Reeves, who was killed 10 years ago.

Since Reeves, 35, was slain in that home the night of Feb. 27, 2001, friends have tried posters and other publicity to find justice. On Sunday, they focused on another strategy.

"Help us to rest in the trust that through you justice shall prevail," family friend Anne King said in her opening prayer.

Family friend Mike Love closed the half-hour service by asking all to pray for justice.

His daughter Kori Love, 18, earlier asked everyone to "pray for justice and for a resolution of the mysteries surrounding her death."

Flames flickered as 31 people heard songs, prayers, poems and muffled sobs. A photo of Reeves was illuminated by candles on the nearby porch. Reeves' mother, Faye Reeves, embraced Robin's daughter, Hannah Neville, 13. Robin's son, Joseph Standridge, 11, stood nearby.

Family members said they will keep working for a resolution to the investigation. Hannah's aunt, Cathi Neville of Martinez, said the investigation and the $17,000 reward could still break the case.

"Somebody knows something," she said.

Her husband, Sean, said he has tried to have the unsolved case featured on a national TV show, but without success so far.

The small crowd heard some of Reeves' favorite songs, John Denver's Sunshine on My Shoulders and Tim McGraw's Please Remember Me. They listened as family friend Tricia Kennedy sang Amazing Grace.

Before the vigil, Faye Reeves welcomed visitors into her home next door, where she is raising Hannah and Joseph.

She said this year's crowd was smaller than in some years past, perhaps because the vigil date fell on a Sunday. She said no one needed to organize the event or to send reminders.

"It's just understood each year on the 27th," she said.

She said there is no doubt about whether friends will gather again on the 11th anniversary of her daughter's slaying.

"It's just understood next year, but we hope to be celebrating justice," she said.

Pat Morgan, the assistant special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Region 7 Office, said the case is not cold.

"We still have leads, and I just did an interview the other day," he said recently.

A reward is still being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for the crime, Morgan said. Anyone with information can call the GBI office at (706) 595-2575, the Thomson Police Department at (706) 595-2166 or McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at (706) 595-2040.

Augusta Chronicle staff writer Lynn Davidson contributed to this report.

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FireEms6465 02/28/11 - 06:07 am
The article would have been

The article would have been better if you gave a little history of how the crime took place, so the ones of us that have just moved to Augusta would know.

getalife 02/28/11 - 07:46 am
FireEms6465, Robin, her

FireEms6465, Robin, her mother and Robin's six month old son had been to church that night. Mrs. Reeves lived next door to Robin's house. Robin did not show up for work at the technical school in Thomson the next morning and so Mrs. Reeves was called to go check on Robin. Mrs. Reeves found the front door locked, opened the door and found Robin dead. Most of us feel the crime scene was compromised because everyone in Thomson with a uniform and badge went in and out of that house that morning. It was finally declared a crime scene and the GBI was brought in. Robin had just gotten divorced from a man that was later convicted and served prison time for stalking her. He was supposedly working in Augusta the night she was killed. Nothing was taken from Robin's home, even though it was full of antiques, her money and purse was not taken. According to law enforcement, there was no evidence. It was a violent murder with a knife. You can access the archives of this paper and read several articles about the murder. For those of us that loved Robin, we continue to hope and pray that justice will be served.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/28/11 - 10:22 am
The way some crime scenes are

The way some crime scenes are treated should be a crime.

Sean Moores
Sean Moores 02/28/11 - 12:24 pm
FireEMS, There are too many

FireEMS, There are too many stories to post all of the links, but this should take you to the search results on our site.

FireEms6465 02/28/11 - 04:50 pm
I want to Thank You

I want to Thank You "Getalife" for taking the time to give me the basics of the case. You did what the Augusta Chronical should have done. I am sorry for your loss. Hopefully one day Robin will get the justice she deserves.

david jennings
david jennings 03/01/11 - 11:07 pm
I dont know the Reeves

I dont know the Reeves personally but I remember this case from the start and Iv had this gut feeling that I know what happened.My prayers go out to the family,faith is the answer,I know it helped me in 1995.One may think they have gotten away with evil but in the end the real judge wont be fooled.The right will prevail.

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