Husband wants wife murder case reopened years after it went cold

Emmanual Vavaris says he made a promise to his wife that he would do everything he could to get justice

The case of Linda Vavaris murder went cold, now her husband wants it reopened

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Years after his wife was murdered, a Jackson man is still looking for answers. Emmanual Vavaris says he made a promise to his wife that he would do everything he could to get justice.

In 2010, WLBT reported on the murder of housewife and mother, Linda Vavaris. The investigators failed to find any leads. The case soon become stalled, eventually going cold. But now, almost 9 years after her murder, her husband is speaking out.

Emmanuel Vavaris promised his wife that he would find the person who killed her.
Emmanuel Vavaris promised his wife that he would find the person who killed her.
“I knew from day one that I wanted to be with her and only her.”

Emanual Vavaris said there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t think about his wife, the woman he said was the love of his life.

“I worshiped the ground she walked on,” he said.

Everyone that met his wife, Vavarus said, like him, immediately adored her. “Anyone can tell you point-blank that Linda would never have an enemy.”

Linda Vavaris was shot and killed on August 7th, 2010. The case remains unsolved.
Linda Vavaris was shot and killed on August 7th, 2010. The case remains unsolved.

Which is why he can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt her.

August 7th, 2010 was no different from the rest. His wife dropped him off at work around 10 p.m. The dogs were in the backseat where they always were.

“We hugged, she got behind the drivers seat, and then left,” Vavaris said recalling the night.

Linda pulled into her driveway thirty minutes later. She had just put the car in park when she was shot.

The victims car sits in the driveway of her home.
The victims car sits in the driveway of her home.

“The gun shot went through the glass and then went into heart, 2 1/2 inches above her heart. She also had money in her hand that was shredded with pellets,” Emmanuel said while motioning what is believed to have happened.

As her husband, he said police immediately looked at him first. “They gave me a lie detector test."

Vavaris passed. He was at work and surveillance video proves it.

But Vavaris wasn’t the only person police focused on. When she was shot, both her daughter, Carly, and nephew, John, were at home.

According to Vavaris, John found his aunt banging on the driver’s side window, calling for help. He immediately took off his shirt and pressed it against her chest.

Investigators brought them in for questioning and, according to Emmanual, “they gave Carly a lie detector test, John a lie detector test, and David a lie detector test.” Vavaris said they all passed.

victim, Linda Vavaris was shot and killed in 2010.
victim, Linda Vavaris was shot and killed in 2010.

Police later brought in Carly’s boyfriend. He too was released. Not long after that, Vavaris said, "the case went cold.”

Vavaris did say that, remarkably, his wife was able to give a description of the shooter to police. She described him as being a black male, about 5-feet-9-inches tall, with a noticeable scar on his left cheek.

And video surveillance taken from the home next door captured a black sedan sitting on the street a few feet from the entrance to the driveway.

Vavaris saw the video. “A car was sitting there for 31 seconds. I counted. You can see a man get out of the passenger side of the car, run out of views, return to the car 31 seconds later." The car then sped off.

Vavaris said nothing will bring his wife back. But in order to have closure, Vavaris said he must find the person (or persons) responsible for his wife’s death.

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