Young woman’s family still searching for answers 1 year after her death

Young woman's family still searching for answers 1 year after her death (Image 1)

A life cut too short, too soon.

“Empty. I feel like I've lost a part of my life,” said a tearful Eddie Foley, Rebecca's father. “She had a bright future ahead of her, somebody robbed her of it.”
 
Eddie Foley's 21-year-old daughter killed in an instant, January 21, 2013. As she drove into Colonial Village at March Cove, one bullet went through Rebecca's moving car and then into her.

Dozens of officers were on scene that night searching for clues, but one year later police are no closer to arresting the killer of the Savannah State college student. The reward in the case is now up to $25,000.

“No. There's no way. Given the circumstances there's no way there wasn't going to be a quick fix for that crime,” explained Eddie Foley. “They are going to have a suspect. He's going to be in custody. They are going to convict him. There's no way. But that hasn't been the case.”

“Do I feel they are doing enough? No. Do I feel they are doing the best they can? Yes.”

“But that's good enough for you?”

“No. Nothing will be good enough for me until they've arrested the person responsible and put him away for life.”

On Saturday night, the Foley family held a candlelight vigil to keep Rebecca's memory alive. It's been a year full of heartache for the Foley family and they are hoping someone out there can help bring them some closure.

Friends and family can try to help with their hugs and words of support. But the only thing that will make a difference for this family is justice.

“We are not asking but we are begging,” said an emotional Carolyn Foley. “We know if you have any conscious at all any compassion of the loss of anyone you ever loved help us get this person off the street so we can have the justice for her that she deserves.”

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say they are still working on the case, and refuse to call it “cold”.

But they also can't talk about the leads they do have right. They are still hopeful those leads will turn into an arrest, and closure for the Foley family.

If you have any information that could help solve Rebecca Foley's murder, call Crimestoppers right away. Their number (912)234-2020.

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In just a few days, a family will mark a big milestone, the one year anniversary of Rebecca Foley's murder. The 21-year-old was shot and killed while driving her car into her Savannah apartment complex January 21st. Foley's killer is still on the loose.

As the candles lit up the night Saturday at a vigil, so did memories of a life taken too soon.

“We miss her smiles, we miss her touch, we miss being with her, and having her in our lives, said grandmother Carolyn Foley.

Carolyn Foley, Rebecca's grandmother, said it's been a year full of pain.

“I don't think we will ever get over losing her,” said Carolyn Foley.

Multiple families in the area understand that grief. Those who have lost a loved one to a senseless murder came out in support like Jimmy Franklin. Franklin's son Wesley was murdered in 2012.

“We all share the same bond, we share the same pain, you know some of us right now are getting justice, some of us are going through the phase of justice, and for the Foley's they have nothing right now,” said Franklin.

Debbie Floyd's son TJ was also murdered in 2012 and said it helps to be there for one another.

“It is hell. Each time, once you are the parent of a murdered child, each time you hear it in the news it just about takes you down again because you understand the pain, you understand everything that family is going through,” said Floyd.

Having this support really means a lot to Eddie Foley, Rebecca's dad.

“They know what I'm going through, they know what they went through, they know the stress the anger…they realize the loss,” said Eddie Foley.

The Foley family hopes they won't have to wait much longer to find out who's responsible for Rebecca's death.

“If you have any conscience at all, any compassion for the loss of anyone you ever loved, help us get this person off the street so we can have the justice for her that she deserves,” said Carolyn Foley.

The reward in this murder case is $25,000. If you have any information that you think can help solve this case you can call Crimestoppers at 912-234-2020 or the Savannah-Chatham police tip line at 912-525-3124.

A local nonprofit is helping grandparents and parents who have lost a child cope with the grief. Compassionate Friends of Savannah meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at 450 Mall Blvd. Suite H in Savannah.

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