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January 9th: A painful day for a local woman


Sally Miller Coleman remembers January 9th, 1993 like it was yesterday.

"I could see everything. I remember seeing police cars and news crews", says Coleman.

It was the day her then 13-year old son, Narius Miller, was shot and killed. She says a bullet hit her son just as he stepped outside of their house at the corner of Cama and South Tryon Streets in Charlotte.

Coleman calls it a "nightmare. It will never end".

Today, Coleman, returned to the corner. "Because today was the 20th year and for some reason this year I thought it would be easier. Because it had been 20 today. But it wasn't. It's harder".

Between 1:05 p.m. - when her son was shot and 1:20 p.m. - when he died, Coleman released 20 balloons. One for each year. A tearful Coleman let the balloons go one by one.

"Because it's a way of releasing him back to God. And the strings going through your hands - it's like releasing so you can feel it", says Coleman, who moved away from the neighborhood because of the memories.

The years hasn't eased the pain. For Coleman, the fact that no one faced justice doubles the agony.

She says "coming up on 20 - nothing still has been done about it. It was like he was a number. But he was my son. He was my baby. And his life should not have been cut short like it was that Saturday".

WBTV checked with CMPD. Investigators say in 1993 "an arrest was made three days later in the Miller case. Police filed murder charges. The District Attorney at the time believed there was a lack of evidence and didn't pursue the case".

Sally Coleman is now President of the Mothers of Murdered Offspring Cabarrus Chapter.

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