When reading stories about victims of crime, it’s important to remember people leave loved ones behind. Oftentimes the stories written on KissyDenise.com show the thoughts and perspectives of those who knew the victims. This is intentionally done to remind people that death is final and that life is valuable.
KissyDenise recently received an inbox asking for help in relighting a cold case. The victim’s sister is still waiting to find out who killed her brother.
THE PLEA FOR HELP
“Hello Kissy, my name is April Mariani and I have a story I would like the world to know about. Last year November 16th 2016 I lost my brother STEFFON LARRY !! He was MURDERED !! HE AND ANOTHER GUY THAT WAS WITH HIM WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD AND THEY SET MY BROTHER TRUCK ON FIRE IN ST AUGUSTINE FL ! IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR AND THEY HAVE NOBODY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SAYS THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE. I WANNA GET MY BROTHER’S STORY OUT THERE AND MAYBE WE CAN FIND SOME KIND OF PEACE JUSTICE !! PLEASE HELP !!!
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – Homicide detectives desperately want to solve a cold case double murder — and they’re willing to pay to bring this case to a close.
On November 16, 2016, Charles Durden, 27, and Steffon Larry, 26, were found dead inside a burning SUV. The SUV was parked on Spring Street and Fred Waters Way.
The flames that engulfed the SUV were so hot, they melted off the writing on a nearby street sign and burned a street light. After firefighters put out the fire, officers found the two bodies inside the SUV.
Autopsy reports discovered the victims were shot, before the vehicle was set on fire.
Crime Stoppers has increased the cash reward for information in the slayings of Durden and Larry from $2,000 to $5,000.
Durden, was identified by his jewelry. He leaves behind two kids.
Detectives are encouraging anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to come forward. Tipsters with information are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477), to be eligible for the $5,000 cash reward or Det. M. Ochkie at the St. Augustine Police Department at (904) 825-1074. Tipsters may remain anonymous.