EVERETT, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – In the city of Everett, a family is still struggling to come to terms with a heartless murder. Just over four years ago, Charline Rosemond was found shot to death in her father's car.
The heartbreaking discovery was made Monday, April 13, 2009. Police found the 23-year-old's body in a car parked behind a Somerville apartment building. The Everett woman, who had been missing for a week, was shot to death.
Charline Rosemond's family is not giving up on the search for her killer.
"It's tough each and every year, each and every day that nothing has happened, but I can never get my sister back," said Roserlie Rosemond, Charline Rosemond's younger sister.
Roserlie Rosemond believes the answers to her sister's murder are still in her own neighborhood. "I know and my family knows that there are so many people that know the truth and no one wants to help us," she said.
On the day Charline Rosemond vanished, she told her family a friend was going to help her buy a car. Charline Rosemond had $4,000 cash on her. And on that morning, Roserlie Rosemond remembers hearing her mother talk to Charline about the money.
Her mother's words were prophetic. "My mom said 'make sure you leave that money at home until you are ready because someone might hurt you or try to kill you for the money,'" Roserlie Rosemond said.
That day, Charline Rosemond borrowed her father's car and drove to Boston to her job at a car dealer. She visited a gym across the street after work.
"At about 6, my mom let her know my dad needed his car to run some errands," said Roserlie Rosemond. "And she told my mom 'OK, I'll be home about 7:30. I'll leave the gym in a few minutes.'"
"That was the last time we spoke or saw my sister," said Roserlie Rosemond.
The next day, April 8, was a frantic one for Charline Rosemond's family. It was spent calling her cell phone and her work phone every half hour. There was never an answer.
"Once they said she wasn't there, then I knew something was wrong and my mom knew something was wrong because she never misses work ever," said Roserlie Rosemond.
That night, the family reported Charline Rosemond missing to Everett police. It would be almost a full agonizing week before the family got word from relative, a taxi cab driver, that the car was found in Somerville, and that Charline Rosemond was dead.
"My mom fell to the floor. My dad ran out of the house. And everyone started crying," said Roserlie Rosemond.
Soon, police confirmed the awful news.
"They did say they found her in the driver's seat and she was shot in the back of the head. So she died from one gunshot to the back of the head," said Roserlie Rosemond.
Roserlie Rosemond told FOX 25's Bob Ward Charline's $4,000 was never found. It's possible Charline was killed for the money she saved up to buy a car. For her family, nothing else makes any sense.
"Absolute disbelief because she had no problems with anyone," said Roserlie Rosemond. "We would never think that could possibly happen to her, out of all people we just couldn't believe it."
Over the years, police have investigated the people Charline was with that day. The case is still open, but just a month after Charline's murder, police arrested on man the da called a significant witness, on two perjury charges. The allegation was he lied to a grand jury during the investigation, providing false alibis for two central figures. One of them was the last person believed to be in contact with Charline before her murder.
"I grew up in Somerville, and to think all of these people that I've known for years won't even help me is very tough," said Roserlie Rosemond.
Roserlie Rosemond is not giving up and is determined to see Charline's killer brought to justice. It's all she can do now for her family and for Charline.
"As a big sister, I can honestly say, we were best friends," said Roserlie Rosemond. "We did have our arguments, but I believe that the person I am today is because of her – everything from stories to her laughs to being there when I needed someone. We used to do everything together and now it feels I have no one to do anything with."