Thursday, April 16, 2009
Out for Justice: Farrah Carter
Murder is a terrible thing, but when the victim is a teenage girl it's all the more tragic. It happened seven years ago in Miramar. A 15-year-old girl savagely murdered in her own home. In tonight's Out for Justice, Patrick Fraser says Miramar Police are trying to stir up some new leads in an important investigation that's gone cold.
WSVN -- If your family is lucky, you have a Farrah.
Tony Carter, dad: "She was the glue to the family. She always had something to tell you. She always wanted to do something. She was always talking about the future."
But 15-year-old Farrah Carter never got to enjoy her future, and Farrah's family never got to watch her turn into a young woman.
Kim Battle, mom: "It's like a nightmare. I feel like I never fully awakened."
Kim's nightmare began seven years ago when Farrah's life came crashing to an end.
Detective Marc Ganow, Miramar Police: "This was a very pretty young girl who was brutally slain. It was a horrendous scene."
Kim had called Miramar Police after she opened the front door, and her younger child looked in.
Kim Battle: "The baby girl looked down and she said, 'Mommy, you didn't leave your house like this,' and I looked down and said, 'What? that's blood.' I told them, 'Get out, get out.'"
When police arrived they found the blood stains beginning in the living room, a trail of blood through the house ending with Farrah's body in her bedroom.
Detective Ganow: "Farrah had presented a tremendous fight in this event. She was a tough young girl who had put up a valiant effort."
A young teen viciously stabbed, brutally murdered while fighting to try and stay alive.
Tony Carter: "This was definitely a rage killing because of the way she was stabbed, the way she was cut up, and it was terrible, and like I said, just to know how she suffered it's tough. It's real tough, real tough."
With no signs of a break-in, detectives think Farrah might have known her attacker. The family wonders why someone who knew her would do this to her.
LaConsta Malone, aunt: "That's what I feel. She was silenced from saying something, telling something, knowing something."
Like many teenagers, Farrah was going through a rebellious stage. She had run away from home a couple of times and had an older boyfriend her family wasn't fond of. Detectives questioned him and everyone who knew her. No suspects popped up, but one piece of evidence didn't escape in the battle with Farrah. The killer was cut, their blood was left behind.
Detective Ganow: "It's already been entered into the Codis system, which is a national database for DNA."
The DNA may point the finger at the killer and may help ease a father's nightmare.
Tony Carter: "I wasn't there for her, so it's like you ask yourself that question, why couldn't I have walked in the door when this was happening? You know, it just plays over and over and over in your mind."
The killer is out there. Kim would love to face them.
Kim Battle: "Words can't describe how empty and angry, just so many emotions, even today."
The killer is free. Detective Ganow would love to be able to lock him up.
Detective Ganow: "I do stay in touch with the family, talking to them, but the effect to those surrounding her continues to this day, and I would desperately hope that they can get the closure that's necessary."
The killer is alive, a 15-year-old girl is dead.
Tony Carter: "What we've been through, I wouldn't wish this if I hated someone. I wouldn't wish this on them, so if anybody out there knows anything, I'm saying it would be greatly appreciated by the family. It would help us a lot that we could finally, you know, put her to rest."
If you have any information about the murder of Farrah Carter, even if you think it is insignificant, give Broward Crimestoppers a call at 954-796-HELP.
And if you've lost a loved one, want someone to pay for what they did, don't want people to forget about your friend or family member, give us a call. Many people are still out for justice.
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