Cold Case: Veteran beaten to death, family wants answers

by: Zach Crenshaw Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - There are hundreds of families in the Mid-South waiting for justice, hoping the murderer of a loved one will pay for the life they took.

One of those families turned to FOX13 Investigates for answers in the tragic murder of their 78-year-old father.

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Willie Coe was found dead on September 12, 2012 at 1083 Capitol is an unassuming house in New Chicago.

“When they beat him, they beat him so bad they couldn't even put him back together,” said Latoya Jenkins, Coe’s daughter.

78-year-old Coe was beaten to death during an apparent home invasion.

Coe was an Army veteran and ‘Dad’ to Latoya Jenkins.

“Whatever you needed to do he was there. And right now my mom needs some kind of closure,” said Jenkins.

Closure has been hard to come by for the family.

“The last time I talked to the [homicide detective], he told me he knows who did it, but they couldn't get people to come forward,” said Jenkins.

That was years ago. Since then, the lead detective on the case retired.

Jenkins though, has continued to wait for updates.

“I should've gotten at least one phone call. You could've at least told us something that ‘Hey, we are still working on this. We haven't forgot about y'all,’” said Jenkins.

FOX13 reached out to Memphis police. They didn’t respond to our request for an interview but said the case is “still open with no arrests.”

Latoya said she knows cold cases are sometimes solved, but she’s losing hope.

“I don't think they're looking at it anymore. I really don't because they have so many crimes, so much in Memphis that every time you turn on the news it's crime. So really I think they put it on the back burner. I think they forgot about it,” said Jenkins.

Right now, she said going back to Coe’s home is too painful; but she said if a killer is a caught, it would allow her to remember 'Dad' the way she wants to.

“It would give us peace of mind. It would allow us to rest,” said Jenkins.

If you have any information about the murder of Willie Coe, call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.