The Family of a 2005 Murder Victim Has Something to Say After an Arrest is Made

By: Andrew Dawson
By: Andrew Dawson

Latasia Kirk's sister still remembers where she was five years ago when her sister was murdered.

"That day my mom had come and picked me up early from school it was my senior year I went and took my drivers test I got my license and I had just got a car. A green cavalier and all I knew was me and my sister were getting ready to ride that car until the wheel fell off," Brittany Kirk said.

When Gilbert Holts Jr. was arrested Latasia's family wasn't surprised.

"April twenty first two thousand five Gilbert was the person that I always felt in my heart if he didn't do it himself then he knew and his hands were dirty," Kirk said.

Latasia's aunt says she wouldn't know what to say if she has the chance to talk to the accused murderer.

"The way I feel right now I think if I was actually in front of him I don't even think words would come out of me. I've been praying hard not to hate this person, I've never experienced hating a person before but I hate him," Sharon Jones said.

The family is thanking the Bowling Green Police Department and detective Barry Raley for their hard work.

"We cried over the phone and everything. He's my hero and that's what I told him. He's my hero, he took this case as if tassa was his child and got murdered," Jones said.

An emotional Kirk agreed.

"I can't stop crying because I am grateful for it. I am, I didn't think that they would ever [catch the killer]," she said.

Jones says that Latasia did leave something behind to remind family every day of her, her son Jatavion who Jones says acts just like his mother.

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  • by ..... on Apr 3, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    These people obviously have no respect for others. I happen to know Sharon Jones and she is a kind person. My condolences are with her and the family. However, I don’t think color is the issue. These people obviously have personal issues and obviously want to hurt peoples feelings. I’ve got a great idea. How about you go to church or do something good for someone other then yourself. And Howard you spelled bunch wrong. Good try though! I’m sure you were just in a hurry to comment first on the page. Grow up and have some self respect. Or consider going back to school and learn how to spell. God bless!
  • by CB Location: Bowling Green on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    Totally agree w/Courtney. Let he who is w/o sin cast the first stone. This was a tragic situation and Det Raley handled a case of mine several years ago and was determined to help find & put behind bars a man who assaulted me. God be with this family...
  • by Nikki on Apr 1, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    What in the world!!! How could wbko let somebody post this about a human life. These people were parents and children of someone. I don't remember this case involving drugs at all. U really ought to be ashamed for posting such comments about life.
  • by Amy Location: Bowling Green on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! really... people think they have the right to talk about a family that is grieving like that.....just goes to show how some people were raised.....
  • by Courtney on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    wow..the things we as humans say..i bet if it was your family member who was murder you would be feeling the same about you put yourself in this families shoes...why becuase its a family of color you dont want to hear about..ummm! what would Jesus do...
  • by David Location: BG on Apr 1, 2011 at 04:03 AM
    I think we have seen this story enough, really the lead story for two days now! You guys need to get out and find something new to report on, guess I'll switch to channel five again.
  • by Howard Location: BowlingGreen on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    All a buch of Drug Heads. No loss
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