Murder Still Unsolved on 4th Anniversary of Beloved Rec Center Employee's Death

It's been four years since a Tallahassee Parks and Recreation employee was murdered in his own home.

His family and co-workers say neither they nor his spirit can truly rest until his killer is found.

His mother, Helen Gainous, says there is no such thing as a cold case when it comes to her son's unsolved death because she is determined to keep fighting for justice.

Others in this effort gathered with her for a memorial luncheon in Davis's honor Monday.

Gainous held a picture of Davis in his FAMU graduation gown and says, "This is my special picture of Sylvester. He had a dream to finish college."

Sylvester Davis did fulfill that dream.

Now, his mother is working on her dream to find who killed him.

She said, "I've lost my son and it's been four years now. A mother never gives up. She might give out, but you never give up for that dream that somebody is going to solve this murder."

On October 26, 2005, Davis's City of Tallahassee co-workers found his body inside his home on Arnold Street.

Authorities say the 33-year-old was shot to death.

On this fourth anniversary of the tragedy, a memorial luncheon opens up with a circle of prayers and the hymn, "Amazing Grace."

The memorial was held Monday afternoon at Lawrence-Gregory at Dade Street Community Center where Davis was an assistant supervisor.

Volunteer helper Leroy White said, "This is where he worked at and this is where everybody's memories going to be at."

White is one of the countless young lives Davis touched over the years at the city rec center.

"He was a great man. We enjoyed him and we miss him. I wish he was still here. But, it's kind of hard to say that he's not going to be here." Said, White.

Loved ones say coping has been hard, but not impossible.

Gainous said, "I say if I can overcome knowing that I had cancer, and I'm a survivor and I'm a fighter. This is why I know that we're going to solve this murder."

Davis's mother says she's already forgiven whoever killed her son, she just wants closure.

She is pleading with anyone who has any information about the death of Sylvester Davis to call Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-891-HELP.

Gainous holds a dedication for Davis every year on the anniversary of his death.

She says she came up with this year's idea of a luncheon because she thought of how giving Davis was and how he would feed those in need. She says she knew she had to serve lunch to his co-workers and loved ones.

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