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The killing of Sadia Byron and the ongoing investigation into what has been listed as the island’s 51st homicide has reopened old wounds for a Laborie family.

This, as a woman identified as Brenda recounted the details surrounding the murder of her brother Marcus Nelson during Thursday’s Newsspin programme. Nelson had sustained a severed wrist and was stabbed multiple times in the head and chest on January 6th near his Mon Repos home. The death was registered as the 2nd for 2016.

The case remains unsolved nearly two years after the slaying prompting fears that Sadia Byron’s case may have the same outcome.

Brenda says her family volunteered to assist with the investigation by funding the cost of DNA testing, but police were not receptive to the idea. As far as she is concerned authorities did not handle the matter with sensitivity, and as such the case has gone cold.

Meanwhile another relative of Marcus Nelson has also substantiated the claims about the investigation.

Laura Jn Pierre says this and many other cases have gone cold because of several challenges with the justice system. She adds that the real victims of crime are the families who are left to mourn the loss of their slain loved ones.

Police have disclosed that they are chasing several leads in the case but no criminal charges have been filed against the suspect who remains in custody.

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