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Years later, family of slain woman remains hopeful justice will prevail

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Nearly six years ago, a North Richland Hills woman opened the door to her killer. She didn't have time to say anything before he shot her in the doorway, and the shooter has never been found.

The evidence is slim -- a shell casing with a partial print and a vague description of the gunman and the getaway car.

But police and the woman's family remain hopeful that someone will finally help to crack the case.

"I pull in and there's police cars everywhere," said Mike Wilkinson, the victim's son, remembering the crime scene.  

Sunday night, Dec. 9, 2007, Marianne Wilkinson, 68, was watching television with her husband of close to 50 years when the shooter knocked on the door. Witnesses told police they heard at least three gunshots, and then someone in a hooded sweatshirt ran from the house and took off in a gold-colored car.

"[She was] just very engaging, warm caring just, yeah, a special, special lady," said Mike's wife, Terri.

Marianne grew up in Dallas, attending Highland Park High School and later, SMU. She met her husband don on a blind date and was married in November of1961.

There is still a lot of hurt and tears, but Marianne's family of faith says they had to let go of the anger.

Marianne would have turned 76 last week. The family released balloons to celebrate what they call her sixth birthday in heaven, and they rely on family and faith to pull them through what has become a very long road to justice.

"I have been praying [the shooter] would just come forward and do the right thing and own it, because I don't think you can live the reality of what you did and be having much kind of life, or you don't have much of a soul," said Terri.

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