Five Years Later Murder Remains Unsolved

UPDATED 10.26.2010 6:55pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee murder remains unsolved and police admit they have few leads in the shooting death of popular parks and rec worker Sylvester Davis.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Davis's murder and his family is still yearning for closure.

"Father God, we come to celebrate God 33 years God of Sylvester ..."

Family, friends and co-workers joined hands to mark the fifth anniversary of a day they'll never forget.

The day 33 year old Sylvester Davis was shot and killed in his home on Arnold Street.

Five years to the day later they still have no idea who did it or why.

"It's hard. It's very hard because, I mean, all you want is answers.
Why? Was it that important? You know, all I want is answers," said Davis's sister Diva Gainous.

Davis, who worked with children at the Dade Street Community Center, now has his name etched on a bench near the gazebo at Lake Ella. It's called the bench of hope and his family says it'll never give up hope that Sylvester Davis's murder will be solved.

"In my heart I have forgiven this person. In the sight of God I have forgiven them, but they need to pay for what they did and if somebody knows who did it, just come forward," said Davis's mother Helen Gainous. "We just need to solve it. Five years is long enough. It's long enough. We need peace."

Those gathered at Lake Ella Tuesday morning released white and yellow ballons into the sky. His mother shouted, "You're free Sylvester" as she let hers go.

Tallahassee Police have never revealed a motive or named any suspects in Davis's murder and won't comment on whether there were any signs of a struggle in his home. They say those are details only the killer would know.

TPD Spokesman David McCranie says the case is cold, but not closed.

"We're constantly striving to try to bring closure to this and the ultuimate end of this is there's a murderer on the streeets of Tallahassee most likely and we need to find out who it is," McCranie said.

If you have information on this murder, call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.
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Tallahassee, Florida - Sylvester Davis was shot and killed in his own home on Arnold Street five years ago today (10-26).

Tallahassee Police have never been able to solve the murder and have never released any motive for it or revealed any potential suspects either.

Tuesday morning, Davis's family and co-workers are expected to gather at Lake Ella to dedicate a bench to him. It is right near the gazebo and his mother, Helen Gainous, calls it the "Hope Bench."

Coming up tonight on Eyewitness News, we'll have more on the dedication of that bench and talk with family members who remain hopeful Davis's killer will eventually be caught.


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