(WLNS) – It was a cold case that’s now open thanks to the work of Lansing police. 6 News Intern Cat Reid has a reaction from the Wilson family.
“Look at that it says thank you for my parents dear, who read to me and hold me near.”
When Willie Wilson’s eldest son Levon was murdered in 2012, he didn’t have much hope that the case would be solved.
“I figured that it would go like most cold cases and just stay a cold case,” said Willie Wilson, Levon Wilson’s father.
Now the Lansing Police Department has given the Wilson family new hope.
“We identified some people that we would call persons of interest at that time, and then the long portion of it was finding people that were willing to come forward,” said Detective Lee McCallister, Lansing Police Department.
Those interviews led police to Terreon Smith, who was arraigned for the murder on Tuesday. Detective Lee McCallister is hoping for similar outcomes in other cold cases. Some date all the way back to 1979, but regardless of the age, he has one purpose in solving them.
“You want to speak for that victim that can’t speak for themselves anymore; you wanna get justice for them. And that’s what drives me and keeps me going.”
And what keeps Wilson going is the memory of his son.
“I love you and I miss you, von. And I wish you could be here to be around your brother and experience life at the fullest. And I know that one day I’ll see him again.”