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Police seek ‘pieces of the puzzle’ in 2006 slaying

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Eman Eljahmi was 6 when she witnessed her mother gunned down in front of their Dearborn home, and 11 years later she is pleading for anyone with information about the case, which is now being re-opened by Dearborn police, to come forward.

“The amount of pain from my mother’s death is immeasurable,” Eljahmi said Monday during a news conference at Dearborn police headquarters.

Aniseh Eljahmi was killed April 13, 2006, as she exited her car in front of her home in the 3400 block of Houston, near Outer Drive and Pelham. Her daughter was inside the car.

The victim’s brother, Jabrey Eljahmi, broke down in tears several times as he discussed the killing. “It’s very hard to explain how I feel, and what my family has been through,” he said, tears streaming down his cheeks. “My sister was a hard-working single mother. To be murdered in front of her home ... our lives have been changed forever.”

Dearborn police officials said new crime-fighting technology has prompted them to take another look at the case. Because the investigation remains open, they declined to provide details.

“This is among the most pressing cases in Dearborn,” Cmdr. Ron Beggs said. “The daughter is now 17; the last memory she has of her mother is of her being gunned down.”

Beggs said investigators are “on the right track” with the case, “but we still need the public’s assistance.”

“We’re re-interviewing witnesses and we’ll leave no stone unturned,” Beggs said. “We do believe we’re looking in the right direction.”

Cpl. Gary Cerroni added: “We believe we have people of interest in this case. We’re close; we’re only missing a few pieces of the puzzle. So if the public has any piece of information, large or small, which they might think is unimportant, we’ll take it.

“Eman was only 6 when this happened,” Cerroni said. “I can’t imagine what she went through. And she’s had 11 years of playing this over and over in her mind.”

Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call Dearborn police at (313) 943-2241 or contact Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAKUP (773-2587). Tipsters may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for tips leading to a conviction.

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