LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There has been a break in a cold case which WAVE 3 has been following for years. On Friday, Louisville Metro Police announced the arrest of a person in connection with the shooting death of a West End woman in 2005. Though it is years later, the family of Kendrea Boykin says they had a sense of closure knowing that the person police believe may be responsible for Boykin's death is in police custody.
Police are crediting the cold case arrest to a recently held vigil where people came forward with information. It was news this family had been waiting for.
"I told my mother, and my mother, she said 'They caught my sister's killer?' And I said, 'Yes, mamma.' and she just started crying tears of joy that quick," said Robin Anthony, Boykin's niece. "I started crying and screaming into the phone."
According to an arrest report, Boykin was in her home on September 22, 2005 when Davis along with two others came to the front of Boykin's home. The report said Davis and one other person fired numerous shots into the home, one of which struck Boykin. She was rushed to University Hospital where she later died.
The report says witnesses said Boykin's husband was in an argument with Davis just before the incident. It also states that Davis said she was going to kill Boykin's husband. A witness was able to positively identify Davis as one of the shooters.
"I miss calling her. I miss hearing her voice," Kee-Sha Boyd, one of Boykin's daughters. "(She was) Always laughing, on the go. She keeps your spirit up. Just everything about my mother, I miss. Everything. She's irreplaceable. She kept us all together, all strong."
For six years, Boykin's family said they waited for answers.
"It's been hard. It's been very painful and hurtful," Anthony said. "We all just prayed. We all said leave it up to God and we kept praying."
Using recent information that came in after the vigil, LMPD arrested Anquanette Davis on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.
"In 2005, there was an inclination she was a suspect," said LMPD Det. William Brown. "We had some information from different people that put her there, but it fell just a little short on what role she played after the argument. Now with the new information after the vigil, we were able to do that."
Police said Davis, who had moved almost three hours away, was forthcoming with information that may lead to other suspects.
"I forgive her for that," Darrelldrika Jackson, Boykin's sister said. "I forgive her for that. For her doing that, that's going to help us a lot. I mean, we can't bring my sister back, but that's going to help up a whole lot."
Jackson said he hoped others could learn from this tragedy.
"All this violence is pointless. I mean, nothing comes from it," said Jackson.
Anthony said her family now has some closure.
"But we're just so thankful that now, after six years, finally, we have some type of closure," Anthony said."