LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – On the afternoon of June 30, 2009, two women were found stabbed to death inside a Fairdale home. One year later, the murders of 83-year-old Allie Sylvia Habich and her daughter, 53-year-old Rita Carrico, remain unsolved.
According to Louisville Metro Police, Carrico was at the home her mother shared with her brother inside home in the 10200 block of National Turnpike to take her mom to a doctor's appointment.
On the anniversary of their murders, police have not made any arrests and no suspects have been named. Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of the LMPD Homicide Unit, said detectives are still going through evidence and waiting on DNA testing. Even though it has been a year, Wilkerson said solving a case like this one can take time and it is tough on the detectives who are working the case.
"It's frustrating for them also," said Wilkerson. "The pressure is self-induced. It's their goal to solve any case that they have."
The victim's family described the past year, saying it has been difficult.
"Your body, your mind, everything hurts," said Katrina Shannon.
Shannon said the day has been a hard one and that it has been difficult accepting the murders of her grandmother and aunt.
"That's the hardest thing," said Shannon, "the memories and the pictures and walking into a room and seeing them and knowing you can never talk to them again."
"It still to this day, even a year later sometimes feels like it can't be real," said Sherry Habich. "You can't imagine that two people as wonderful as they were, that something this horrendous could happen to them."
Habich described her mother-in-law Sylvia as sweet person who had a wonderful sense of humor and would do anything for anybody.
"I really miss talking to my mother-in-law. I really enjoyed speaking with her. She had such wisdom," Habich said. "I used to joke with her and say, when I grow up, I want to be just like you."
Shannon said Aunt Rita had Sylvia's sense of humor.
"They were both very devoted to church. They were both sweet-natured. They were jokesters. They loved pulling pranks, just to be silly," she said.
"Rita was a great friend," Sherry said. "I met Rita at 16 when my husband and I were dating."
The family said Habich and Carrico were taken from their lives too soon and it is hard not knowing who to blame.
"I really want the people who did this to think about what they've done. What they've done to these two wonderful women and what they've done to our family," Habich said.
If you have any information about this case, call the LMPD Crime Tip Line at 574-LMPD. All calls to the Crime Tip Line are anonymous.