Family Marching To Find Answers To Daughter’s Murder

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NORTH ST. LOUIS (KPLR) Aniya Cook`s family marched in North St. Louis Saturday to help find leads in her cold-case murder.

The people who love Aniya Cook marched right past where she died.

"Maybe about a half a block from here," Aniya`s father Orlando Cook pointed behind him.

St. Louis City Police say someone shot Aniya in the face on July 31, 2012.  Aniya`s mom, Rochelle Cook, said the 18-year-old died on August 3rd.   Neighbors living near the North City scene have wondered why the murder of this young, black, college-bound high-school grad could not have been solved as quickly as that of Meagan Boken.  Boken was a white St. Louis University grad who died in a Central West End robbery on August 18, 2012.  Boken's friends and family posted a $30,000 reward.  Two suspects were arrested within a couple of weeks.  

There are still no arrests in Aniya`s murder. The Cooks didn`t blame police.  They blamed a young man who took her to the senior prom.  He was just inches away from their daughter during the shooting on Highland Avenue near Kingshighway Boulevard.

"I don't feel that we should have to pay the person who was in the car with her to tell what he knows," Orlando Cook said.  "I don't think you should reward that behavior.  So, just do the right thing and say what you saw.  Help us."

The Cooks started setting up the Aniya Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, instead.

"We would like to bless some other kids to go to college," Rochelle explained.  "Like Aniya didn't get a chance to."

This devastated couple could have chosen to sink into their depression.  Instead, they mobilized.  These proud parents hoped their daughter was proud of them

"I think she would be happy," Rochelle laughed at all the sudden accomplishments she shared with Orlando - the man she married the day after Aniya died.  "I think she would.  Yes.  Yes."
So friends and family marched and hoped the flyers they passed out door-to-door would help them find leads.

If you know anything about this crime, you are being asked to call the St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-866-371-TIPS.  You can remain anonymous.

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