Montgomery Murder Victims' Families Still Searching for Answers

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By Brittany Bivins

Law enforcement officials in Georgia and Alabama are still working to find out who killed three Montgomery residents whose bodies were found in a car along a Georgia interstate in January. Now the victims' familes say they're reaching out to anyone who can help them find the answers.

The victims' family members met Tuesday at a Montgomery community center to speak out about the murders. They say they're running out of leads, but they think someone in the area might know something that could bring the killers to justice.

It's been almost a month since Cheryl Colquitt-Thomspon's body was found in the trunk of her car along I-85 in Union City, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta. Her uncle, Quinones King and friend, Rodney Cottrell, were also in the car. Police say all three had been murdered.

"I can't sleep at night, I go through this every night, thinking about the same thing, thinking about my sister and my uncle and Rodney. How could somebody do this?" said Nicosha Colquitt, Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson's sister

It's a question the entire family is asking.

"They took away something that we're never going to get back, there's no way to describe my sister. You can't describe her," said Jordan Cunningham, Thompson's brother.

"They took my heart, 'cause we was very close. They took my heart. It's tearing my mom up, it's tearing my dad up, it's tearing my aunt, grandma, it's tearing everybody up," said Lakita Lewis, Thompson's sister.

That includes Thompson's 10-year-old son, nicknamed "KK." Lewis says he has cerebral palsy, and she and Colquitt have quit school to take care of him.

"He's my sister's legacy right there, that's the only part I have of my sister, so waking up in the morning makes me happy," said Lewis.

Still, family members say they won't have real peace until they find out who's responsible for the murders. "That's what we need is closure, and if we get some closure, we'll be better off," said Matthew Lewis, Thompson's father.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that helps lead to arrests. If you have information about this case, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (334)-215-STOP (7867).



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