SACRAMENTO, California — Rebecca Stincelli is still hopeful she'll find answers to who killed her brother, James Valencia, in Sacramento in 1987.
Valencia was shot and killed on March 21, 1987 just off Excelsior Road. His case remains open in the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
"One of the worst things that people say in a cold case situation is, they will say to people, why don't you just move on?" Stincelli said. "Move on? I know they mean well, but what they don't understand is, a lot of [us] do move on, it's just something we take with us."
Stincelli said she is the last surviving family member. Her mother passed away three years ago from cancer.
"If you end up being like me and you're the last surviving family member, pass the case to your dearest friend and don't let it stop," Stincelli said. "Don't let it end. Find somebody."
Stincelli put up a white cross with her brother's name and the date he was killed more than 30 years ago.
"To people who've had loved ones who were killed somewhere outside of a hospital or a home, that place becomes sacred," Stincelli said.
The cross is a reminder to those who stop and read the message that there is a loved one out there waiting.
"Some of us aren't even looking for justice," Stincelli said. 'We're at a point where we want answers."
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