Greensboro -- The rape and stabbing death of Marilyn Poole's 7-year-old daughter still haunts her 18 years later.
"I can be in my room and just start crying," said Poole, a mother-of-nine. "My heart is still hurting. That emptiness is still there. It hasn't went away."
For years, Poole had two wishes. The first was to have another baby girl in her family named Shalonda, in honor of the daughter she lost. "You bear your aunt's name, so you're an angel," Poole whispered to her 7-week-old granddaughter. "When someone calls her Shalonda, it doesn't seem real."
On the morning of July 21, 1990, Poole's 7-year-old daughter, Shalonda, disappeared from the family's Greensboro home. The following day, Greensboro police discovered her body in a wooded area near Jones Elementary School. Investigators say the little girl was raped and stabbed to death.
"I know she was calling for help, and there was nothing I could do to help," said Poole, as tears ran down her cheeks. "I still miss my baby."
Shalonda Poole's death is one of 84 unsolved cases that Greensboro police reopened. "We're hoping to draw out some people who may have information we don't know about," explained Brain James with the Greensboro Police Department. "A case is never forgotten."
The Greensboro Police Department received a federal grant, which is funding the "Solving Cold Cases with DNA" program. "It gives us the time and resources to go back and resubmit this DNA hoping that, at this point, we'll get a hit whereas 10 years ago, we wouldn't get a hit," explained James. "Over time, the technology has changed."
The federal grant could help grant Poole's second wish. "I ain't going to be here too much longer, and before I go I hope they'll find the one that took my baby," she said.
To learn more about the cold cases under investigation, click here.
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