Family of unsolved murders rally against violence in Phenix City and Columbus

Family of unsolved murders rally against violence in Phenix City and Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Sharon Chambers' sister was murdered in November of 2017 and the homicide has yet to be solved.

"My sister's name is Jennifer Lee Chambers and a lot of people knew her as Dee," says Chambers.

She says when she found her sister, she thought she was sleeping, but she was unresponsive.

Jennifer had a son which Sharon now has full custody and says she still holds her memories close to her heart.

She says she is seeking answers to find her sisters killer here at the Second Annual Community Rally at the Community Outreach Church of Columbus on Armour Road where many families, who have lost a loved one to violence in both Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia, are coming together. Shelly Hall with Victims-Witness Program says it's a start to one day find peace.

"It's a hard thing to do but with surrounding yourself with people that are trying to make the world a better place, that's a start," says Hall.

Organizers believe there is a gap between the community and local police. For them, the goal of the rally is to get the community to begin communicating more with law enforcement and working together as one to eradicate what they're calling senseless murders in the community.

"There is a need in Columbus. There is a need in Phenix City. The only way we can resolve some of these issues is to come together, work as one, get solutions and implement those plans," says organizer Montric McClendon with the organization Victims of Unsolved Crimes.

Chambers says although time goes on the wound of losing her is still open.

"If you know a person who has been murdered and you know anything, reach out to that person, that family, your local police to give them closure. It is unsolved and it's still an open wound although time passes on. It's still there. Give that family closure," says Chambers.

Organizers say there's a tribute dinner scheduled for August 25th at the Trade Center for those families who have lost a loved one in unsolved crimes and anyone who wants to support.

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