CHARLOTTE — Supporters gathered to remember a Charlotte woman killed in a knife attack 23 years ago, including the victim’s son, who was unharmed in a crib.
“I don’t remember but it’s nice to know a lot of people still remember her,” Elliot Thomas said after Saturday’s ceremony at Freedom Park.
Thomas’ mother, Kim Thomas, was found dead with her throat slashed in her home on July 1990. The crime stunned the community, and remains unsolved.
The goal of the vigil was to remember Kim Thomas’ life as much as push to have her killer found and punished. The 20 supporters at the park planted a sunset maple in her honor with a plaque that saluted Thomas as “an activist for good causes.”
Elliot Thomas said he doesn’t want to draw a lot of attention to himself and said he appreciated being shielded from sensationalism surrounding the case. Police would charge his father with killing his mother, but that charge was dropped. Elliot Thomas said he doesn’t remember his father fighting the charge.
“It’s nice to know that a lot of people still care and remember and still hold hope that the case will be solved,” Elliot Thomas said.
In recent years, police attention has focused on a handyman who did jobs around the neighborhood and is currently in prison for voluntary manslaughter in an unrelated killing. But investigators don’t have enough evidence to charge anyone and need help from someone with a tip or additional information, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Mike Smathers said.
“We’ve exhausted the scientific aspects of the case,” Smathers said. “We’ve done a tremendous amount of work, a lot of lab testing, a lot of detective work. We just want that little bit extra we could use to go apply for a warrant.”