Double homicide investigation continues into new year, family asks public to come forward

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A double homicide investigation in Bowling Green is continuing into the new year.

Family members of one of the victims, Karen Burks, are asking for anyone with information in the case to come forward.

"We haven't even been able to so much as touch her front door, so that in itself is hard, it's hard," said Keyona Jeffreys, Burks' daughter.

Burks, along with her friend Deloris Stacker, was found dead inside Burks' home on Rock Creek Road on December 11. Their causes of death have not been released.

At first, Burks' family said in addition to the shock of their mother's death, they were also faced with the worry of not being able to hold a funeral for her.

"So I just wanted to reach out and thank everybody who was a part of it, her Facebook page and made donations, thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Jeffreys.

With the funds raised, the family recently held a funeral service for Burks, something they felt like she deserved.

Jeffreys and her brother, Kevin Gardner, said they wanted to give a special 'thank you' to each individual who donated, as well as organizations such as Miracle Life Center, Powerhouse Ministries, Pastor Ford Husky, and BRASS. They said there were also other churches and organizations that helped out.

But even after their mother's funeral, Burks' children say they still need to heal, and that will only come with time and answers about what happened and why.

"It's hard to have closure when you don't know anything. You know, it's hard to have closure when the person who did this is eating dinner, sleeping, you know, doing everything normal as they usually would do I guess and we're just sitting here with more questions than anything. More questions than answers. It's just a hard situation," said Gardner.

Several weeks removed from the start date of this investigation, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.

"Everybody else's life continues, and this family's changed forever and they need some closure, they need to understand why, they need to understand how, they need to understand who, and so we have a large part in that but they still -- even if we were to figure it out today -- they still have a lot to deal with as a family to understanding why this happened," said Ronnie Ward, with the Bowling Green Police Department.

He continued.

"I know our detectives are aggressively working this case every day. We have lots of evidence at the lab and we're waiting on results. We've gotten some of those back, but it's not led us to a particular person that we think is involved."

As they wait for answers, Burks' children say only one thing is holding them together.

"To be honest, God. God and God alone. It's the only way we're able to wake up day to day and know that we still don't have answers, know that we still can't even go into our mother's house."

Police say there are several reasons why a case can be difficult to investigate, but they want the family and community to know they're continuously working to find answers.

"We want justice for the victims, we want justice for the families, we want everyone in the community to rest a little bit easier knowing the person or persons that was involved in this are behind bars," said Ward.

"On behalf of my family and the other victim's family, if you know something, if you know anything, even if you think it's insignificant, it could very well be the very piece that they need to put this whole thing together," added Jeffreys.

The family wants to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time.

They ask that if anyone knows anything about this double homicide investigation to please call the BGPD or alert officials confidentially through Crime Stoppers at 781- CLUE.

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