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Tips to catch criminals in high-profile murders drying up

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Updated: 11/14/2013 12:00 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local police have a big problem. The tips they need to catch criminals are drying up, and it's coming at the worst time for local families, now demanding justice.

"Please, anybody out there who knows what happened, please come forward," said Patricia Brown.

Tears streaming down her face, the grandmother of Keshell and Keyonna Brown is pleading for the public's help. She along with dozens of others in Murray Hill believe someone close to them knows who's responsible for this mass murder.

"You ain't got to say your name, just call," said a friend of the Brown sisters, Laroyall O'Hara.
Three high-profile cases in Jacksonville are unsolved. Amber Bass was killed in her driveway in July. Then teens Jazmine Shelton and Megan Simmons were shot to death in August.

Still, not a single arrest in last Thursday's quadruple murder.

"Hopefully somebody is going to step forward and report it," said Bland Cologne, president of First Coast Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers solved 152 cases and rewarded tipsters more than $27,000 during the month of September.

Action News discovered those numbers dropped by 75 percent in October. We're told one of the reasons why is this idea of snitching.

"Providing information that's leading to the arrest of somebody for a really heinous type of crime should be viewed as a positive," said Cologne.

That's the message friends and family are sending.

"Somebody out there has information and I'm just asking y'all to please call Crime Stoppers and please tell the truth," said a friend of the Brown sisters, Mercedes Denson.

Crime Stoppers says your call is completely anonymous.

Keyonna and Keshell Brown will be laid to rest Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Household of Faith church in Jacksonville.
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Gunny48 - 11/14/2013 9:12 AM
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Drugs & thugs = a "deathstyle" all about them so don't expect any remorse or honor.
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