Christina Samuel remember one year after murder

Posted at 10:28 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 22:28:28-05

A Detroit family is speaking out almost one year after their daughter was gunned down Christmas night.

Their story is heartbreaking. For one family, the holidays have lost all meaning because of gun violence.

"Just a brilliant energetic girl. Innocent, and I don't use that word with anybody. She was just the prototypical baby sister," says Chris Moore.

Moore and his father, Christopher Samuel, know all there is to know about loss.

For most, the holidays are a time to look forward to. But this Christmas night marks one year since 22-year-old Christina Samuel was brutally gunned down.

She was a beloved daughter and sister.

"I didn't want no one to say Happy Thanksgiving, because it's not happy. Christmas is not a good season. I can't stand songs or decorations or even gifts for my 18 grandkids,” says Christopher Samuel. “It's no holiday."

Christina’s killing remains a mystery.

Two men in a dark colored Lincoln drove up to the car she was sitting in on Carlisle Street. They opened fire taking her life and injuring a 24-year-old driver.

Just two days prior there was another high profile unsolved murder involved the death of Grosse Pointe area teen Paige Stalker.

For the past year, both families have been leaning on each other for comfort.

Christina's was headed towards a bright future. She was a college graduate preparing to start law school.

Since her death, a groundswell of support has come from the community.

Next year, a park will be dedicated in memory of both Christina and Paige, along the border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park.

Meanwhile, police still need help to catch their killers.

If you know anything please call Detroit Police or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) SPEAK-UP.

There is a reward and you can stay anonymous.