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St. Petersburg family hoping for resolution in unsolved murder

Minister Delores Green, right, leads a prayer for slain nephew Cedric Green at Bartlett Park on Tuesday, which would have been his 37th birthday. He was killed in May and the case is unsolved, with police releasing few details.


Minister Delores Green, right, leads a prayer for slain nephew Cedric Green at Bartlett Park on Tuesday, which would have been his 37th birthday. He was killed in May and the case is unsolved, with police releasing few details.

ST. PETERSBURG — The murder of Cedric Green has remained unsolved for eight months.

His body was found May 28 in a car behind a Tampa pet store. Police are still searching for the St. Petersburg man's killer.

On Tuesday evening, his family gathered to celebrate his life and let the community know they haven't forgotten. It would have been Green's 37th birthday.

"All I want is some reverence," said his mother, Willinda Green, 54, who hosted a candlelight vigil at Bartlett Park.

Police have released few details about the murder, but Green's mother believes the crime may have been drug-related.

"He just was living too fast," she said.

Police say Green's body was found in the parking lot of Air Animal Pet Movers at 4120 W Cypress St. in Tampa.

Hours earlier, he was in the 1800 block of 14th Street S in St. Petersburg, witnesses said. They said two men kidnapped him between 4 and 5 a.m.

A few days after the murder, authorities arrested Maurice Tajuan Allen on a charge of armed kidnapping in connection with the case. But the charges were dropped, according to public records.

Family members have been hoping for someone to come forward with more information about the slaying of Green, who was a father of eight.

"We don't know nothing," said his aunt Delores Green, minister at Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church. "We haven't lost hope."

As the sun set Tuesday, Willinda Green led about 30 members of her family to Bartlett Park.

Each person lit a candle. One relative sang a song. Another led the family in a prayer. Then, three generations of the Green family released 37 balloons.

His mother clutched hers in her hand. Shaped like a cross, the blue and white balloon had a special message written on it: "Ced — 1st birthday in heaven."

Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.

St. Petersburg family hoping for resolution in unsolved murder 01/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:28pm]
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