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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Looking for a murder


SJ-R: Billboard focuses on unsolved double homicide - Police hopeful for a break in the case:

The local Crime Stoppers organization, police and Key Outdoor Advertising are collaborating on a new billboard campaign that will target unsolved homicides. The Chairs/Santiago murders are the first to be featured.

The story of their deaths:

[Victor] Chairs, 21, and [Santiago] Roberts, 22, were cousins and best friends who were nearly inseparable, according to family.

They were supposed to be at Roberts' rented home at 918 West Maple North playing video games. Roberts' girlfriend spoke to him about 12:50 a.m. March 14, 2006, and heard several voices in the background but nothing that sounded angry or unusual.

A neighbor heard gunshots about 1:30 a.m. but did not report it to police until officers began investigating the murders a full five hours later.

Authorities were tipped off when a man, whose connection to the case has never been explained, called the police station about 6:45 a.m. to say he had information about where two bodies could be found. He led police to the house on West Maple North.

Let's hope the son of a bitch who murdered these kids is brought to justice, and soon.

I had a good friend who was murdered in this town. I was in their wedding and later was godmother to their child. His wife, who eventually divorced him, was my best friend. I'm not in her life anymore, I guess, because people move on and leave traces of their old lives behind. As hard as that is to accept, sometimes it's for the best. However, she is still in my heart and I would be there for her in a minute if she needed me. And, I'm sure she would for me, too. So, the story of his murder on the streets of Springfield is not mine to tell. Anyway, I didn't even live here at the time. I should say, it was more than 25 years ago and no one has been caught.

Posted by Marie at July 12, 2008 10:30 PM


you should say his name>

Posted by: t-rexx at July 12, 2008 10:46 PM

I thought about doing that. And then I thought maybe I shouldn't. And then I went back and forth so many times until I couldn't figure out whether it was a good idea or bad, so I just left it out.

He was Bob Coffman.

Posted by: Marie Carnes Author Profile Page at July 12, 2008 10:54 PM