April Tinsley’s mom, Janet Tinsley, says she never imagined the day would ever come.
On July 15 of 2018, an arrest in April’s 1988 murder was made.
“It’s what we’ve been wanting for so many years and now it’s here,” said Janet.
On Saturday, a memorial walk was held in honor of April. The walk started at April’s Garden at the intersection of Hoagland Ave. and W. Masterson Ave. Janet was there.
“I appreciate what everyone is doing, what they have done throughout the years and what they’re continuing to do,” she said.
Janet says it still has not sunk in that after thirty years of waiting, an arrest in April’s murder was finally made.
“I’m sure it will someday,” Janet said.
Saturday was like many other days. Friends, neighbors, and strangers surrounded Janet to show their support. They also let her know that April was loved by many and still is.
“It’s kind of a victory lap,” said Tommy Goings, who envisioned the memorial.
Jonathon Lemons helped organize Saturday’s walk.
“We wanted to give back to the family,” Lemons said. “They’ve had a rough time over these last 30 years.”
For Janet, the memorial walk was a step towards healing.
“We are all now pretty much at peace right now,” she said. “We can be a little bit calmer, we can sleep.”
Janet says she knows the arrest won’t bring back the daughter she didn’t get to see grow up. However, she sees it as a good start in seeking justice for April.
“Nowadays you never know, but I’m hoping he gets something like what he gave her,” Janet said.
For now, she’s taking it a day at a time. April may be gone from her sight, but never from her heart.
“I think she’s up there smiling, she’s up there doing the happy dance now.”