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Murder Still Unsolved One Year Later


By Julie Montanaro
October 26, 7:30 p.m.

It's been a year to the day since a popular Tallahassee Parks and Rec worker was found shot to death in his living room, but who did it, and why, remains a mystery. Tallahassee Police admit they have no solid leads in the murder of Sylvester Davis.

Sylvester Davis was found shot to death sitting in his recliner. A year and many dead ends later, there are still no arrests in his murder.

The police "are always willing to talk to me," said Davis's mother Helen Gainous, "but I need action, now I need closure and I'm getting angry, and I don't want to get angry."

Davis' parents are busy raising money to try to boost the reward offered in this case. Tickets sold at a corner store near their home have upped it to more than $6,000.

Tallahassee Police say they have not given up on solving this case, but readily admit they have no solid motive or suspect.

"Leads are still coming in every now and then and when they do come in, they do drop everything and start looking at those leads trying to solve this case," says TPD Spokesman John Newland.

Davis was the assistant supervisor at the Dade Street Community Center when he was killed. His family is now working to open a tutoring center in his name.

His mother prays that before the doors open, the killer's conscience will catch up with him.

"In my heart, I've prayed and asked God to forgive that person and I've forgiven them. In my heart, I've forgiven them, but they still got to come forth and pay for what they did," Gainous says.

If you have information that might help to solve the Sylvester Davis murder, call Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS.

A remembrance service is planned for Friday at 7 p.m. at the community center where Davis worked.


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