MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A memorial mass was held Saturday afternoon at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Miramar for members of a South Florida family who were murdered 25 years ago.
The mass will be followed by a march and a candlelight vigil.
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Alberthe Mardy and her sister Carline Laverne still mourn the three generations of family who were murdered 25 years ago, in what is being called Miramar’s most heinous murder.
“We are family,” said Carline Laverne. “We are extremely thirsty for justice, 25 years is too long. We want closure,” she said.
Detectives say the victims were badly beaten.
Marie Altidor and her mother Theresa Laverne were shot and Marie’s two young daughters, Sabrina, just 6 weeks old, and Samatha, 2, were bludgeoned to death with what police believe was a hammer.
“It’s a scar, like every day you have a needle in it and you dig it, it’s not going to heal. Maybe it can fade a bit if we know who did this and why,” said Mardy said.
Police believe the crime scene was staged to look like a drug murder, but detectives aren’t buying it. They say it was personal and it was rage.
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“Why was a 6-week-old baby killed in such a state. Why?” asked Laverne.
The police tell us that Marie’s husband was never expelled.
He has since left the state and investigators say he does not speak to them.
His attorney Rick Diaz released a statement saying in part, “..Miramar PD had a fair opportunity to interview Mr. Altidor 25 years ago…” He continued, “…he, like all suspects, is presumed innocent and there is no probable cause that he has committed a crime or that he has ever been charged.
“We are here today to speak on behalf of my cousin,” said Dr Marie Flourent-Carré. She and her family hope that the case will soon move forward to the prosecutor’s office.
“We respectfully and humbly pray, calling on the state to take a closer look at this matter,” Dr. Flourent-Carré said.
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The Broward State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement saying, “This is an ongoing investigation by the Miramar Police Department and it would not be appropriate for our agency to comment. We have scheduled a meeting with the victims’ family members to discuss the case privately.