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WJBF EXTRA: Investigators trying to Crack Thanksgiving Double Murder Cold Case

By Jillian Benfield

It's been almost two years since two teenage girls were murdered, execution style, on Thanksgiving day. Angela Brook's and Nancy Cushman's families are still hoping for justice and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is hoping for tips to solve this case.

"I can't imagine who would have did it to her," said Nancy Cushman's mother, Maxine Cushman.

"I didn't believe it, I still don't believe it," said Marilyn Turner, Angela Turner's mother.

Two mothers lives were torn apart two years ago on Thanksgiving morning. The holiday is supposed to be about family, being together. Instead, they each got a phone call with the worst news imaginable...their daughters had been shot and killed...the killer still on the loose.

"It was like a dream and it's still like a dream, I still can't believe, it was just the worst, that was just the worst day of my life," said Angela's sister, Darilyn Lanham.

Angela was one of the teenage girls murdered that morning, her body found right beside her friend Nancy Cushman's body.

"If you truly knew Nancy, you would ask they same questions we are asking, why would somebody do that to her," said Nancy's sister, Ervina Cushman.

Sergeant Bill Leisey, with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, says the way the 17-year-old and 19-year-old were murdered, is unthinkable. In the woods off of Twiggs Street, the girls were shot execution style, taking at least 5 bullets each, "It's just absolutely heinous, they didn't fight, they didn't have a chance to get away or anything," Sgt. Leisey says. He also says, whoever murdered Nancy and Angela planned it. Investigators believe the girls trusted whoever they were with and they had no idea what was about to happen.

The details are hard to relive. Maxine, Nancy's mother, couldn't get through the rest of the interview. Nancy wasn't just her daughter...she had a little girl of her own, "She was somebody's mother, she was my sister, she was an aunt, she was somebody's friend," said Ervina.

Angela's family described her as the girl with a big heart who never stopped smiling, "She was very welcoming, she wouldn't hurt anybody, I mean she was just a kind person," said her mother.

The case is not exactly cold, just standing still. Investigators say Travis Berrien was a person of interest in the case, they've interviewed him several times, they say his name still has not been cleared.

The night of the murder, investigators found a key piece of DNA evidence at the scene. That evidence is still being held at the GBI crime lab, two years later.

"It's pretty frustrating," said Sgt. Leisey.

As of October, crime technicians have finally started to process the evidence.
But, investigators are still hoping for a solid tip.

"We just need a little bit more information to be able to make an arrest and make sure that we have the right person and to have it solved," Sgt. Leisey said.

For these families, they go through each day, not knowing...

"For this to happen...it was a total shock for us, because who would want to hurt her and why?"

"You don't know if that person is staring us in the face every day,I could walk right past that person, it's just scary."

Angela's mother, Marilyn, says for her...justice is the only way to move forward, "I relive it over and over and I need some closure just to get past it and go on with my life."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office sheriff's office is offering a reward for a tip that leads to an arrest, you can remain anonymous. Call them at (706) 821-1080.

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