Exclusive: Family begs for justice in Rochester cold case

March 29, 2018 07:26 AM

News10NBC is following up on an exclusive story we brought you earlier this month. 

It's the cold case of a 20-year-old Rochester woman killed in a drive-by shooting at a graduation party. Now the victim's family is speaking out, including two sisters who were eye witnesses to the murder. 

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News10NBC also obtained never before heard audio from the 911 call the night of the crime. 

Rochester Police say Kierra Jones was an innocent woman. She was shot and killed nearly five years ago. No arrests have ever been made. 

"My baby was there. My baby is never coming home," said Deborah McCullough. "I'm not going to rest. I can't rest until they knock on my door and say we got them."

McCullough hasn't been the same since May 14, 2013 -- the day her daughter was murdered. Kierra Jones was one of three people shot on York Street. She was celebrating her cousin's graduation at her aunt's house. 

Here's the transcript of the 911 call made that night:

DISPATCHER: 911 Center.
CALLER: Y'all please. We need an ambulance and the police on York Street. Please, hurry up. I don't know. (INAUDIBLE)
CALLER: Corner of York and uh…Silver. York and Silver. Hurry up. Please - I don't know how many people down. Please hurry up.
DISPATCHER: What happened? 
CALLER: I....Bye. 
DISPATCHER: What happened? 
CALLER: Police. Police. An ambulance. Bye. 
DISPATCHER: What do you need them for? 
Dial Tone 

"We just heard the gunshots, and I didn't know it was her on the ground," said Tierra Jones."I just sat there."

Tierra is Kierra's twin sister. She was there that night along with their older sister, Stephanie McCullough.

"One shooter was hanging out the sunroof," Stephanie said. "One was hanging out the back. They had masks on."

Stephanie is a nurse and went straight to her sister lying on the ground. 

"I moved her braids and felt her pulse," Stephanie said. "There wasn't no pulse and blood coming out her mouth, and I just knew she was gone right there." 

The two other victims survived, but Kierra was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Earlier this month, News10NBC showed you never before seen photos from the crime scene and exclusive video of the SUV used in the drive-by. It was found the next day in the same neighborhood, but police say the owner was not involved. It turns out he let some people borrow it that night. 

The family claims the intended target was a man walking down the street.

"You're trying to tell me nobody knows nothing? Somebody knows something," Deborah said. "You need to come forward and tell because at the end of the day you don't have to answer to me, you got to answer to God."

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call RPD's Major Crimes Unit at 585-428-7157. 

Click here to see our previous story on this case. 


Nikki Rudd

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