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Community remembers April Marie Tinsley, case still unsolved

April Marie Tinsley was sexually abused and murdered in April 1988 when she was walking home from her friend's house. It's been 30 years and her case is still unsolved.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 10:12 PM

FORT WAYNE, IND. (WFFT)- Pink, purple, and blue balloons were launched in to the sky Wednesday afternoon. Those were 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley's favorite colors.

"Anywhere you've seen her, she had those colors on," said Janet Tinsley, April's mother.

The balloon release was held at April's Garden, a memorial on the corner of Hoagland Avenue and Masterson Street in the neighborhood where April lived.

April was sexually abused and murdered in April 1988 when she was walking home from her friend's house. It's been 30 years and her case is still unsolved. Her mom Janet says she tries to do something every year to honor her daughter.

"She was shy, bashful and just a happy-go-lucky kid."

Tinsley says she's amazed at the growing support she gets every year from the community.

"I have a lot of detective friends that are here. One was here at the beginning of the case, and I got to see him."

Not only did Tinsley want to honor her daughter but all children who died under violent circumstances.

"Hopefully after today it doesn't go away, and it keeps her in everybody's memory and gets the word out."

Many people at the remembrance lost loved ones as well. Family friend Cindy Hartman says she's was there to honor April and her niece Liberty German. 14-year-old German and her friend 12-year-old Abigail Williams went missing February 13, 2017 when they were walking along Delphi Historic Trails in Carroll County. 24 hours later, both of their bodies were found near Deer Creek. Their murders are still unsolved too.

"It's too close to home. It breaks my heart what happens in the world today," said Hartman.

Hartman says she wants people who know anything about what happened to April or Libby and Abby to come forward.

"If you know anything, please call it in. That's all we ask."

Tinsley says she hopes the recently update sketch of aprils killer can help bring her daughter to justice.

"Like they tell me, they're still on it. It's an ongoing thing."

Janet says that she will continue to hunt for her daughter's killer, and hopes more people can hear her daughter's story so that her memory can be kept alive.

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