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Candlelight memorial for victims of unsolved homicides

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- On the third anniversary of her daughter's still-unsolved homicide, a mother is channeling her grief into helping other Fort Wayne families in similar situations.

24-year-old Kayla Harris was gunned down in front of her home in the 200 block of East Sherwood Terrace three years ago as she and her two friends came home from work.

Kayla and 36-year-old Nicole Saylor died, a third woman was shot five times and left critically wounded.

Police knew at the time that the women were targeted and not random victims in the heinous murders.

On this third anniversary of the homicides, Carrie Fries is beyond frustrated that she says she's learned the names of the killers from the streets, yet the prosecutor's office has yet to file charges.

She channeled her grief into trying to help other families by labeling candles for a memorial service that list the name and year of the 205 other unsolved city homicides since 2003.

"I don't wish this pain on my worst enemy. I really don't. And all of these families, God be with them," Carrie Fries said.

"I don't wish this pain on my worst enemy. I really don't. And all of these families, God be with them," she said.

She has choice words for the people she believes orchestrated her daughter's death.

"I really hope that they are bullied in prison, they are smacked around, treated like a piece of crap, treated like the dirt under your feet, just like I was treated when you took my daughter. That's all I want is them to feel that type of pain," she said.

She says she can't rest until her daughter's killers are brought to justice for the crime.

The candlelight memorial is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of East Sherwood Terrace.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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