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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  • by Carolyn Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    I think I used to work with Sylvester at Rapid Press before he went to work for Florida League of Cities, I think. He was a really nice guy and a hard worker. I will be glad when the police catch his killer, he didn't deserve to die. He had a nice family. I've never met them but he used to talk about his children sometimes at work. Rest in peace, Sylvester. Miss you!
  • by Tonya Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    The first time I met Sylvester Davis was at a relative house and he was a very impressive person. He had a great character about himself. He was always the same person, he never changed! I seen and heard a lot of good things about this man. He did a lot for the community at Dade Street Community Center! He is a man that was well loved by family and friends. I am very thankful to the law enforcement for not giving up this case for the family and his friends.And I do agree the killer will be brought to justice someday, rather it by the law or by God! FDLE, I want to encourage you to keep the case active and keep the faith and do not give up, you will catch the person or persons who did this hatred crime towards Sylvester Davis. And to the family: Be Encouraged!
  • by Kenneth Ferrell on Oct 26, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    I hope they catch the person who killed my cousin Sylvester. The last time I saw him was Jan. 1, 2005, in Winn Dixie on south side. I was with my sister Lisha Daniels-Davis who was also killed by her husband on July 31, 2005. That was the worst year of my life. Me and Sylvester are the same age and we grew up together. I really miss him but best believe justice will be served. The person or persons who did this will have to stand before GOD one day soon. Rest in Peace. Love Ya.
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