FLINT, Michigan — It's been 28 years since Venita Wilson and her 4-year-old son Jamarr were found stabbed to death in bedrooms at their Flint home.
Now, authorities are making a fresh effort to catch the killer.
The organization Crime Stoppers is offering a cash award for information that could crack the 1986 case. Police Sgt. Greg Hosmer says a few names have come up over the years but no solid leads. He said he hopes that changes.
The house where the killings happened now sits vacant. On July 25, Melinda Parker set up a makeshift memorial of balloons to mark what would have been her sister's 50th birthday. Parker said she still sees visions of authorities bringing the bodies out of the house.
Venita Wilson loved to sing and roller skate, but her top priority was raising her son, Parker told The Flint Journal (http://on.freep.com/WXfA2C ).
"He already knew his ABCs and his numbers 1 to 100. So you could tell she spent a lot of time with him getting him ready for school," Parker said. "He was supposed to start school and he didn't get a chance to do that. ... He didn't get to do anything: Go to school, graduate, get married, or have kids. Life hadn't even started for him yet."
Parker said she hoped that new DNA technology and a $2,500 reward from Crime Stoppers can bring a resolution to the case.
Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint