• Neighbors hopeful for arrest in killing of mother, daughter

    By: Leslie Coursey


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police have identified the victims of a double murder as a Mandarin High School student and her mother.

    A lot of activity but few answers coming from the crime scene on the Westside.  

    The home on South Shady Pine Street, is where police say a Judith Henry, 41, and her daughter Denise Rickman, 17, were found dead.

    Action News has learned Rickman was about to enter her senior year at Mandarin High School. 

    "Because they're saying there are no suspects, it has us a little worried," said neighbor Vermille Smith. 

    Neighbors are uneasy with the lack of information about the crime.  So far, police haven't released information about how the victims died or any suspect information. Friends and family members were in tears Sunday after hearing the news. 

    "They seem like very nice people," said neighbor Ralph Soud. "I don't understand how that can happen." 

    Now, they wait for an arrest as neighbors send their well wishes.

    "Keep the faith. God will hold you up and police will find who did it," said Smith. 

    Police tell Action News the home was burglarized recently, but stop short of connecting the crimes.  

    Court documents also show that Henry had recently filed for a divorce from her husband.

    "I'm at a loss for words. I don't see how a person could sleep at night knowing you did this to a 17 year old coming up on her senior year," said Rickman's friend Anthony Robinson. 

    The teen's friends are planning a memorial service next Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the track at Jefferson Davis Middle School. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. 

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