WASHINGTON -- "Listen. No one’s asking you to go public. No one’s asking you to go to the press. All we’re asking you to do is leave a tip. That’s all."
That plea from Ken McClendon, as he and his wife Francine Milton passed out flyers at the spot their daughter, Charnice Milton, was killed exactly one year ago.
They and over a dozen others, along with members from the Metropolitan Police Department, are hoping it might help jog someone’s memory or compel someone who knows something to come forward.
“As sad as we feel inside, there’s a joy from her life and seeing people come out is a sign of hope. It’s not all darkness, not matter what anybody might think,” said Milton.
"We’re not sitting behind closed doors apathetically saying, you know, 'It’s not my baby who died, why should I get involved?’ And we’re no longer sitting around tolerating people murdering and getting away with it,” added McClendon, Charnice Milton’s stepfather.
Back on May 27, 2015, police responded to the 2700 block of Good Hope Road, Southeast at approximately 9:41 p.m. and found Milton suffering from a gunshot wound.
She was taken to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Milton was a reporter for Capital Community News and was returning home after covering a story.
McClendon said he had been told a group of dirt bike and ATV riders had driven by and someone in that group shot a gun at someone else also in that area.
McClendon said their intended target used his stepdaughter as a human shield.
A few days after her murder, MPD released this video of 14 people on dirt bikes and ATVs who they considered persons of interest.
Police are still asking for the public’s help and are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction in this case.
Anyone with information can call (202) 727-9099 or if they wish to remain anonymous, they can text 50411.
Since Milton’s death, McClendon and his wife have been working to help solve the city’s cold cases, but added everyone needs to step up.
“This is an epidemic and it’s not enough for people to say, ‘You know what, we’ll get involved when it’s my turn.’ No, your turn is right now."