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Columbia mother still searching for answers one year after daughter's murder

Trinity Sanders, 19, was killed on July 5 last year. Her family gathered to honor her memory and ask for information from the community.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A year after her death, the family of 19-year-old Trinity Sanders is still searching for answers and seeking justice.

"Loosing a child is a whole new life," Sanders' mother, LaTechia Thompson said through tears. "It's hard for me to try to be happy knowing she's not here."

After her daughter, Trinity Sanders was found shot to death on July 5, 2021, LaTechia has been waiting and hoping that someone will come forward with answers.

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"Please if you know anything at all, you can call Crimestoppers, you can call ATP, you can call Columbia Police, or 9-1-1 we just need to solve my daughter's case," Thompson stated.

Back in early March, the Columbia Police Department teamed up with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to offer a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone with information that could help them solve this case. However, no one with information has come forward yet.

Sanders' family says they miss her kind spirit and bright smile.  Friends that grew up with her say they are still heartbroken and want to know what happened to their friend.

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"There is not a day that does by that I don't think about her. She was so sweet, and she did not deserve this, but we will find out who did this and we will continue to say our friends name until she gets justice," said childhood friend, Shayla Mckenzie.

Unfortunately, Columbia PD says although they have done multiple interviews since the investigation began they are still looking for people in the community to come forward with information.

As purple balloons were released for trinity, family and friends stood together to pray for peace and ask for justice.

"We will forever scream your name trinity, and we love you forever," Mckenzie said.

If you have any information that could help investigators solve this case, you can call  crime stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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