Tallahassee Murder Still Unsolved Six Years Later

UPDATED 10.26.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee murder remains a mystery six years later.

Sylvester Davis's murder has never been solved but his family says it will never give up hope that his killer will be caught.

"What happens in the dark will come to light."

Sylvester Davis's family and friends gathered in prayer at his grandmother's house. They prayed for comfort and prayed for an arrest in his still unsolved murder.

"God will work it out and I just pray that whoever did this will come to justice," said Davis's sister Diva Gainous.

Davis was killed in his home on Arnold Street on October 26th 2005. The city parks and rec worker didn't show up for work at the Dade Street Community Center and Tallahassee Police have never made an arrest in his murder.

"I have more hope than I have money and I'm never gonna give up," Davis's mother Helen Gainous said. "Closure is the best thing anybody could ever have."

Each year on the anniversary of his death, Davis's family tries to make something good of something bad. This year it is helping to repaint, refurbish and refurnish the home of a disabled widow in the neighborhood.

"This is what we're going to do in the memory of Sylvester," Helen Gainous said.

Tallahassee Police say this case is cold, but not closed.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at
(850) 574-TIPS.

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  • by tax payer Location: Tallahassee on Nov 3, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    Here's an idea...instead of being so negative against our local police officials why don't certain "know it all's" get a job with the police department and use your "genius" to solve the unsolved crimes we have in our town. People always want to be judgemental of others when you haven't walked in their shoes. Real life isn't CSI and Law & Order people. Why don't you count the number of solved crimes versus unsolved crimes. Thank you TPD and thank you LCSO for all you do! Thank you military and thank you community volunteers for all you do!
  • by Kaitlin on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    Thank you KS, Bobbi Jean Tew is my mom. We've gone through so much these past 6 years, it would be nice to have some closure or assurance that the person will never be on the streets again. It happened a week before my 10th birthday, soon i'll be 17. My brother, sister and I shouldn't have to go through this.
  • by TJ on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    Very nice and selfless acts they do for others in his memory. I have not read anything like that before and I'm very impressed.
  • by Tim B. Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    And Ali Gilmore's death is still unsolved with the anniversary of her death just around the corner. This is why TPD had to form a Cold Case Squad five years ago to work on the high number of unsolved murders but has not solved a case yet. Wonder what they do with their time? I would imagine that of all the unsolved murders in the past few years the victims families have not had any updates by detectives since the week after the murder. Which shows the lack of effort and respect.
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      by Chuck on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:39 AM in reply to Tim B.
      If you can do better, why don't you go join the police force and investigate the cases instead of made statements and not knowing all the facts.
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        by Dee on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to Chuck
        Good reply Chuck! The fact of the matter is, TPD has to have rock solid cases, virtually be able to drag someone in with the victim's blood on their hands, or the SAO throws them out.
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          by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to Dee
          If police had not made errors collecting evidence at the crime scene the case would be solved...TPD has never failed to arrest someone just because the SAO throws the cases out...fact is evidence has never mattered to TPD before making an arrest, unlike sheriff's detectives who execise due diligence at a crime scene.
  • by KS on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    BOBBIE JEAN TEW's murder has never been solved either. She disappeared April 2005. Have they even tried?
  • by SH88 Location: tally on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    "I have more hope than I have money..." That might not be saying much.
  • by Kaye Location: tallahassee on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    R.I.P. Sylvester. Someone know something please come forward and give this Family some Closure.
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    If the family wants justice they need to find a very good private investigator. The police here may never solve the case.
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