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Winter Haven Police hoping for new clues in old homicide

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WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) -

 Winter Haven Police are ramping up their efforts to solve a 2010 homicide involving the death of Cherie Kirkendall.  The 37-year-old died inside her Avenue O SW apartment on May 18, 2010. 

"It was apparent at that time she had suffered a gunshot wound to her head," said Winter Haven Police Sergeant Mitch Meadows.

He says it is likely the shot that killed Kirkendall came through an open bedroom window. "We believe it was a random act," Meadows said.

Since the crime, the leads have dried up according to investigators, so today Winter Haven Police went back to the neighborhood to put up posters, circulate fliers and talk to folks about the case again. 

"We're hoping that as the time has passed any individuals who may have had a reason to not come forward at the time, whether that be alliances with the person or persons that may have been involved, hopefully maybe those relationships have weakened over time," Meadows explained.

At Reed's Grocery Store owner David Patel says Kirkendall was a regular.  He hopes a new awareness of the case will spark new clues.

"I mean somebody wants to come forward they will have a time to do it now. Before they might be afraid. Now they might have cooled down," he said.

Neighbors in the area are relieved just to see renewed police interest in the case.

"It's always good to see the police department out here and round and about cause it makes you feel safer," said Winter Haven resident Delores Dennis.

As for Kirkendall's own family, police say there aren't many relatives left in the area.  The one relative who remains in an apartment next door to the crime scene is Kirkendall's younger sister Lacy Barker.

Barker echoed investigators sentiment about catching the killer. "Hopefully soon. I'm hoping and praying to God," she said.

There is also a $3,000 reward available for information that leads to Kirkendall's killer. Anyone with information about the case should call Heartland Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. 

 

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