Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Jamaican mother gets closure after ‘cold case’ murder of 14-year-old daughter solved

A man has been charged with the murder of a teen girl who was found with her throat slashed in her second-floor bedroom over eight years ago.

Sabrina Matthews was found dead in Cambria Heights, New York City on November 9, 2008.

Matthews was discovered in her second-floor bedroom, sitting on the floor, under a sheet.  

When Sabrina’s father removed the sheet, at 12:30 pm that Sunday, he saw that Sabrina’s throat had been slit.

The case soon went cold until DNA collected in the sexual assault of another 14-year-old in Pennsylvania was linked to Sabrina's murder.

On Monday, NYPD detectives brought the suspect, 24-year-old Rashon Venable, to Queens from Pennsylvania where he was convicted of sexually assaulting another teen girl. 

At the time of Sabrina’s death, Rashon Venable would have been 16-years-old and living in Queens Village- a community adjacent to Cambria Heights. 

Two investigators from the NYPD's Cold Case Squad visited Sabrina’s mother on Wednesday to tell her that they had found her daughter’s killer. 

When the investigators visited Shirda Matthews on November 9, the 9th anniversary of Sabrina's murder, they found her praying on her front lawn. 

“Thank You, Jesus,” screamed Shirda Matthews, as the investigators told of the new development in Sabrina’s case. 

“Detective, Is this for real?' And I said, 'Can I hug you, sir?” she added. 

"Although they caught the guy, I wish she would be here," Matthews told the press, as she sobbed. "Sometimes I'm opening the door, thinking Sabrina will be here in the house."

In 2008, the Jamaican immigrant told the press that she had always dreamed of having an American baby, and Sabrina Matthews fulfilled that dream.  

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