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Oct 28, 2013 5:09 PM by Janine Reyes

Cold Case: Double Homicide Remains Unsolved 7 Years Later

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A brutal double murder remains unsolved more than 7 years after police began investigating.

Tonight, the family of one victim is asking anyone with information to come forward, hopeful that this cold case can finally see closure.

"I pulled up and my sister was right there, covered in a pile of blood," said Daniel Garza just hour after finding his sister, 47-year-old Belinda Cenci dead in her 16th Street apartment. He had planned to help her move out that day - June 9, 2006.

Instead, crime scene tape and police surrounded her home and police began searching for the person who killed Cenci and her roommate at the time, Eddie Burgess.

Cenci's other brother, Roland, constantly calls police, hoping for justice.

"They do have a person of interest and my mom is 85 now, she's really ill, it sure would be nice to have closure before something happens to her.

The memory and brutality behind the crime is something Cenci's family will never forget.

"They took a carpenters hammer and they beat their sculls until there was nothing left, that's a heinous crime," Garza said.

"Do you think this case will be solved," we asked investigator RL Garcia. "I think it will be, eventually it will be solved," he said.

Garcia said he does have a person of interest in the case, it's a man in his 40's who spent some time in prison. That's when he got a DNA sample that connects him to Cenci.

He presented the case to the district attorney's office in 2008, but prosecutors felt its simply is not strong enough.

After her divorce, Cenci struggled with drug and alcohol problems and police say that could tie in to the motive for the killings. Still, it doesn't make the pain any more tolerable.

"Nobody has the right to enter your home, no matter how you live, and just stand in judgement and say I take your life out today," Garza said.

Garza says without an arrest, his family has no closure and the community could be in danger.

"The person of interest is out of prison now, so if indeed in fact he is the person who committed these crimes, he's out walking the streets now, so who's next," said Garza.

If you know anything about the double homicide, call police at 886-2600.

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