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Murder victim's father: I'll die a broken-hearted man

Updated: 06/12/2014 9:54 AM
Created: 06/11/2014 11:31 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Levy

TROY - Emotional family members of the pregnant teenager murdered inside a Lansingburgh apartment are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

They're also calling on Troy police to act more quickly to solve the case.

Vanessa Milligan was nine months pregnant when someone snuffed out her life inside her Fifth Avenue apartment on April 4. Now, more than two months later, Vanessa's 11-year-old sister, Deja Greco, joined other family and friends to plead for police to get a monster(s) off the streets.

"Imagine the most important person in your life was just killed and no one is doing anything. How would you feel?" Greco asked.

"We just had her baby shower and she was just starting to get excited about this baby and somebody took that from her," said Shannon Williamson, Milligan's aunt, choking back tears, "At the same time, they get to live their life every day like nothing. Is that fair?"

"I'll never find peace even when I do get the answers," said Nathan Milligan, Vanessa's father. "I'll die a broken-hearted man. That's what I am."

Nathan Milligan says the frustrating thing for him is that he has a pretty good idea who murdered his daughter and granddaughter but wouldn't reveal names, fearful of hurting the police investigation.

"I believe it was done because my daughter was pregnant by a certain individual," the emotional father said, "and because he felt like this was probably the only alternative for him to get out of it."

Meanwhile, Vanessa's uncle Marcel Milligan says he's tired of waiting for police to make an arrest.

"One way or the other, we're going to get them," Marcel promised. "Whether it's putting hands on people or police doing their job, one way or the other it's going down. Somebody has got to pay for this."

Family friend Demetrius Irby says for a gruesome case like this, the so-called code of silence needs to go right out the window.

"All this no snitching, that doesn't apply for this kind of case," Irby emphatically stated.

Even though an arrest may help provide legal closure, family members are mindful that some things last forever.

"You don't know how hard it is every day to have to get up and go to work and put on a smile on your face for the public when deep down inside you're hurting," said Williamson.

Family members say they believe three people were involved in Vanessa's murder and all of them are still living in the neighborhood. They also believe there are several eyewitnesses who can provide damaging testimony, but are afraid to come forward.

Troy police say they are "still actively working the case" and they're urging anyone with information to contact them at 518-270-4426.

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