Mother of murder victim still searching for answers

  • Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:20 p.m.
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Carolyn Bates said she and her son, Dejuan Sanders, are still looking for answers to the murder of her son, Larry Sanders Jr.
Submitted photo Carolyn Bates said she and her son, Dejuan Sanders, are still looking for answers to the murder of her son, Larry Sanders Jr.

Carolyn Bates said it’s still pretty surreal, but she has accepted that her late son, Larry Sanders Jr., was murdered on July 10, 2010.

Four years later, she is still searching for answers to the unsolved murder to gain closure for herself and, most importantly, for Sanders’ two 8-year-old daughters.

“I think they understand that their father was killed, but when they get older, I want them to know exactly what happened so they can have that closure,” Bates said.

The only information available after four years is that Sanders, who was 28 years old at the time, was at his Edgefield home one evening when two people broke into his house, Bates said. One broke in through the front door and the other through the back.

The two suspects shot and killed Sanders, she said, and left behind an unsolved murder for investigators and a nightmare for she and her family.

These days, Bates said, her meetings with investigators have been of little help since there is no new information. She said she’s trying to remain positive and hold on to the feeling that investigators are doing the best they can.

“It’s getting to a point where there’s really nothing else to say because we’re just looking at the same things over and over again,” she said.

Over the last four years, Bates said she’s met and grown closer with people who are in her shoes. She even led the charge in last year’s The CSRA Awareness Against Crime, an event encouraging those who have any information on any murders to speak up.

She added there are several avenues that people can take to speak about the murder, including anonymous tips or calling CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-274-6372.

“I understand people are scared, but someone has to come forward,” she said. “If it was someone else’s child, they would want someone to step up and say what they knew.”

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.

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