RAHWAY – Jennea Workman was beaten and stabbed inside her downtown apartment in 2009, but five years later the 24-year-old woman’s murder remains unsolved, like most recent slayings in the city.
“She was a good, loving, fun, and energetic person,” said Kevin Brister, the victim’s uncle. “I miss her every day. She was special.”
Acknowledging that police found no sign of a forced entry at her apartment, Brister says, “I believe it was someone that knew her. It could be someone coming out here today.”
On the anniversary of her death, Workman’s family and friends gathered outside the Main Street apartment where her beaten and stabbed body was found inside.
Joining them was Democrat James Devine, a candidate for mayor who has made a key issue out of unsolved crimes, which he said is a sign City Hall does not care about people.
“Under the current city leadership our police department solved only one out of four reported crimes last year,” said Devine. “This is a failure of command and control, so we need law enformcement to do a better job engaging the community, forging a real partnership with the public and demonstrating a committment to protect and serve.”
“The police chief and his wife brought home a combined $300,000 in salary for a 77% failure to solve reported crimes, playing politics better than working for public safety,” said Devine.
“It gets harder because it’s a cold case, so the longer it takes the more we think it might not be resolved,” says Workman’s cousin, Trisca Johnson. “But we are hoping and we are praying”
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office says a $5,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest and indictment and that the cold case remains under investigation.
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