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Family searches for justice in mother's senseless murder

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Two Memphis police officers delivered the awful news to mother Arnita Cole last spring. Two Memphis police officers delivered the awful news to mother Arnita Cole last spring.
The pastor of Cole's church told Amya, who visited her mother's grave on her 29 birthday Sunday. The pastor of Cole's church told Amya, who visited her mother's grave on her 29 birthday Sunday.
Cole says her beloved daughter worked at fast-food restaurants and was a wonderful mother. Cole says her beloved daughter worked at fast-food restaurants and was a wonderful mother.
Memphis police say they have no leads in this case, which started May 31, 2013 on Weaver Road in the Westwood neighborhood. Memphis police say they have no leads in this case, which started May 31, 2013 on Weaver Road in the Westwood neighborhood.

(WMC-TV) - A killer—still on the loose—impacted three generations by committing one senseless act of violence.

Two Memphis police officers delivered the awful news to mother Arnita Cole last spring.

"I got the knock on the door May 31," said Cole. "That's the worst feeling anybody would ever want somebody come to their door ... He said, 'Charisse was killed this morning."

In shock, she could not at first process that her only child was murdered.

"She got killed at Weaver and Fields and at that point I guess it set in. My boyfriend said I got up, and I ran straight out the door. I yelled so loud everybody in the street came out."

Cole will never forget that morning. She had three missed calls from her daughter, which came in just before Charisse Anthony was shot in the back four times.

"If you shoot somebody four times, you don't want them to live. Why would you wait until they turn their back?" said Cole.

A witness told police Anthony was getting out of a gray car. After the shots, the driver sped off leaving the 28-year-old mother dead in the street.

Anthony did not leave any messages on her mother's phone. The only thing missing was her ID.

Cole said she could not tell her grandchild, Amya, that her mother was dead. The pastor of Cole's church told Amya, who visited her mother's grave on her 29 birthday Sunday.

"She was talking to her momma. She was telling her momma, 'I know you're up their looking down on me,' " said Cole.

Cole says her beloved daughter worked at fast-food restaurants and was a wonderful mother. She cannot imagine why anybody would want to kill her daughter.

Memphis police say they have no leads in this case, which started May 31, 2013 on Weaver Road in the Westwood neighborhood.

"I really want anybody, anybody that know anything to come to come forward not only for me," said Cole. "They left a 5-year-old daughter. She will never see her mother again."

Anyone with information should contact Call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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