Mother makes plea for help in finding daughter's killer
The mother of a 24-year-old woman who was fatally attacked behind a vacant Detroit school last month made a tearful plea to the public Tuesday to help police find the person responsible.
Jodi "Diamond" Taylor was found assaulted on May 15 behind the old Cooley High School at 15055 Hubbell near Fenkell on the city's west side.
An unknown male was seen walking with Taylor behind the high school, according to Crime Stoppers of Michigan. After the man was seen fleeing, someone went behind the school to check on Taylor. She was found staggering and holding her neck.
At a press conference Tuesday, Taylor's mother, Susie Mann, said her daughter was stabbed.
"I just want to say that this could be you on the other side of this podium wanting some help (to find) somebody who murdered your child," Mann said.
"This is not the time to be quiet at all. It’s not about being a snitch. It ain’t about that. It’s about a whole life that’s been taken off this earth abruptly by murder."
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest in Taylor's killing. If a tip leading to an arrest is made by midnight, $1,000 will be added to the reward, making it $3,500.
Mann said she believes the man who killed her daughter was an acquaintance.
"It was not random," Mann said. "She knew who this gentleman was or she never would’ve went back there with him."
Police have surveillance video of the suspect's back as he was leaving the area, according to Mann. Crime Stoppers released a sketch of the suspect on flyers along with details of the killing. Those are the only available images of the suspect. No video was made available to media Tuesday.
Mann said she hasn't received updates on the case from investigators since late May and claims the Detroit Police Department promised to call her once a week.
"To make a promise and not keep it, that affects me as well," she said.
Dontae Freeman, a Detroit Police Department spokesman, told The Detroit News on Tuesday that there are no updates on the case.
Dindi Maloney, media and family relations specialist for Crime Stoppers of Michigan, hosted the conference and said afterward, this family, like many others, came to them to seek help in solving their case.
"We try out best to assist any family that has experienced such a horrific crime as this to showcase them, give them the opportunity to display who their loved one was and any information we can get from the community to help, to work obviously in conjunction with law enforcement to get this case solved if we could," Maloney said.
"That's our ultimate goal."
Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-SPEAK-UP or online at www.1800speakup.org.