Billboard campaign helps in 2003 murder investigation - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Billboard campaign helps in 2003 murder investigation

Monica Harris and her boyfriend Calvin Washington were found murdered in their Shreveport Cherokee Park home. Monica Harris and her boyfriend Calvin Washington were found murdered in their Shreveport Cherokee Park home.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

New Crime Stoppers billboards are going up in the Shreveport area that investigators and family members of the victims in a 10-year-old murder case are hoping will bring forth new leads.
 
It was ten years ago Friday when Monica Harris and her boyfriend Calvin Washington were shot to death inside a Navaho Trail home and thinking about that night is still painful for Monica's cousin Stephanie Evans, "To take a person's life like that, it's just horrible," said Evans. 

Police have yet to find the killers, but Monica's father Kenneth Harris says they never stopped trying. "They told me 10 years ago, they are not going to give up and they stuck with their word," said Harris. SPD Sergeant Jim Taliaferro with Caddo Shreveport Crime Stoppers explained to KSLA News 12, they haven't forgotten their promise, "It is our responsibility to re-introduce cases that have been unsolved."    
     
The billboards bear an image of Monica, and urge the public to come forward with information. "All we need is one piece of the puzzle to complete the picture," said Taliaferro.
  
The effort means a lot to Harris' family and he said it has given them new hope for closure. "The billboard will bring extra life into the case," said Harris. 

"Even though it's been 10 years, we know someone out there knows something, so hopefully that one tip will come in," Evans added. Lamar Advertising is offering the billboard space free of charge. It's part of a more than 9 year partnership that Joe Kane explained has been successful in the past, "I think about four years ago, we had a case where somebody of interest, their picture was on 12 billboards and then he came in and surrendered himself."     

With hundreds of cars passing these new billboards, Evans hopes someone will come forward. "It will be just a burden lifted off our shoulders," she said.

If you have any information on this homicide you should call Caddo Parish Crime stoppers: 318-673-7373.
 
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