Corniesha Smith's mother makes public plea

8:46 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

St. Louis (KSDK) - A St. Louis mother is making an emotional public plea in the search for her daughter's killer.

The 14-year-old girl was shot and killed months ago, now her family fears her case is going cold.

It has been five months since 14-year-old Corniesha Smith was murdered, but police say they still don't have anyone in custody.

CrimeStoppers is now offering up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Police say Smith was shot and killed in the 3900 block of Dunnica in south St. Louis in June.

Terrica Riley, Smith's mother, says her daughter was staying at her friend's house. Police say they're still investigating but, believe there was an argument in the area earlier in the day. That night Smith was shot from a distance. She died a few days later.

Police are still investigating if the shooting was random or if smith was targeted.

Riley says she was very close to her daughter. In fact, the two were inseparable. She says her daughter was a good student, loved to dance, and had a bright future.

"It hurt me every day to just still be here, living my life and my baby is gone. It kills me every day to get through. Every day because it's a struggle to know that if I even tried to enjoy my life I feel like I am cheating her because she was cheated out of her life at so young. I know somebody saw something, or knows something. Even the person who did it just come forward, turn yourself in," said Riley.

She says her daughter donated her organs and says she seeks some comfort knowing Corniesha was able to give other's another chance.

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS. Callers can remain completely anonymous.



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