Parents Mark 24th Anniversary Of Daughter's Unsolved Murder

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She'd be 44 now.

Tina Hosmer Smith was just a young woman when she was shot and killed just across the lot from the Watertown police station.

That day was the beginning of a never-ending nightmare for her parents.

"You know, a mother doesn't forget," said Tina's mother, Teresa Hosmer.

It doesn't get any easier through the years?

"It doesn't really.  You know, it's always there," said Teresa.

Who fired the fatal shots in the wee hours of August 1, 1990 and why?

It has been a source of endless speculation for 24 years.

No arrest was ever made and no suspect was ever named. 

Will the murder ever be solved?

"Somebody's going to have to... their conscience is going to have to get to them or somebody that knows something is going to have to come forward," said Tina's father, Larry Hosmer.

The Hosmers have upped the reward to $15,000.

"We've seen cases where murders have been solved after 35 or 40 years. So it kind of gives us hope," said Larry.

Just recently, Tina's son got married. 

Someone important was missing from the wedding.

"They said, 'Well, she's here in spirit.' But she wasn't physically there," said Teresa.

For the Hosmer family, 24 years is a long time to go without answers.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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