Murder victim's family searching for answers 10 years after drive-by shooting

Felicia and Nicole Jefferson (source: Jefferson family photo)
Felicia and Nicole Jefferson (source: Jefferson family photo)
Janice Jefferson
Janice Jefferson
Nicole Jefferson
Nicole Jefferson

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Ten years after a drive-by shooting killed a 12-year-old Louisville girl, her family wonders if detectives will ever find the person responsible.

On July 6, 2000, 12-year-old Felicia Jefferson was sleeping at her aunt's home after returning from a trip to Kings Island with her family. Police said someone fired 40 rounds into their home on Grand Avenue from a passing car.

Felicia died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

"I look back on that," said Felicia's sister, Nicole. "That was a child that lost their life. About what? Over what? We don't know."

Nicole Jefferson says she remembers the day her sister was killed as if it were yesterday. She was sleeping next Felicia when gunfire erupted.

"I just wish she was here," Nicole said. "It's all of us here. She's the only one missing."

Through the years, the Jeffersons have never stopped sharing their stories about Felicia to family who never got a chance to meet her. "I got a child. [I got] a niece. They question us, [asking] who killed Aunt Felicia? What happened to Aunt Felicia. I can't tell them what happened," Nicole said.

When she spoke about her daughter, Janice Jefferson's face lit up. "She was a lovely child," Janice said. "She loved cheerleading."

As for her daughter's killer, Janice had this to say.

"I'm not sitting here hating that person," Janice said. "I'd just like to know who is it?"

Knowing Felicia's killer was never punished for her death is frustrating.

"Open the case up," Janice said. "I don't want the case [to] be cold. I want it to be hot."

According to Louisville Metro Police Lt. Barry Wilkerson, the department received a tip on July 3.

"There's someone out there who knows what happened," Wilkerson said.

"She was 12 years old!" said Nicole. "We are still looking for justice. If you know, please help us."

Wilkerson said they have followed up on leads and are still investigating. If you have information call their anonymous tipline at (502) 574-LMPD.

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