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Murder victims remembered, but case still unsolved 8 years later


Two crosses sit in a grassy field adjacent to Lorraine Road.  One has pink flowers at its base.  The other cross has blue flowers. They honor the memory of Geneva Garriga Gordon and David Michael Garriga. They died just more than eight years ago, when somebody shot and killed the duo, and left their bodies in an SUV parked in that field. 

At the time of their deaths, Geneva was 64.  Michael was 53. 

On November 9, 2004, the brother and sister got flu shots. And later in the day, they went to check on a friend. That afternoon both were found shot to death in David Garriga's SUV.

A year-and-a-half after the murders, Geneva's daughter talked about her frustration. 

"It's sad," Kristie Gordon said at the time. "Every day is sad.  Every day we miss them. And they say that it gets easier with time, but it really doesn't. You miss them more, you really miss them more, especially when you don't have any answers, you have nothing to go by."

Back then, the family put up a $10,000 reward to help police collect information that would lead to an arrest, and ultimately a conviction. That arrest has never been made. 

The 2004 double shooting has baffled Gulfport police. They've developed no motive for the murders.  And they have no suspects. 

"We're just at the same spot," Gulfport lead investigators Chris Ryle said on Thursday morning.  "We've done hundreds of interviews. But, there are no witnesses and no physical evidence."

Ryle said police have compiled a short list of people who could be linked to the brother and sister, and might be considered persons of interest. But, investigators don't have enough to arrest anybody. 

"It's going to take someone coming forward," said Ryle.

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