Lacey Gaines Remembered

On December 7, 2009, Lacey Claire Gaines, a 20-year-old mother of one, was found murdered inside the kitchen of her Justice, IL apartment.

Reportedly, police found no evidence of forced entry, robbery, or sexual assault.

The victim was found strangled--an electrical cord wrapped around her neck and her throat cut.

Thankfully, her young son was visiting a relative at the time of death.

Authorities believe that Ms. Gaines knew her attacker, but no arrests have been made and the crime remains unsolved.

Information regarding this case can be sent to:

Detective R. Plotke
7800 S Archer Rd, Justice, IL 60458
Ph: 708-458-2191, Email: rplotke@justicepolice-il.org


As the holidays traditionally bring families together, please remember those who have empty places at their tables.

Loved ones who are noticeably absent.

My prayers are with the family and friends of Lacey Gaines on this day--the anniversary of her death.

41 comments:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Sad story...

Pat Hatt said...

Awful, especially to have your life stripped away by someone she obviously knew.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That is sad, especially for her loved ones. At this time of year we should be celebrating life, not morning the lost of one stolen away, especially under such brutal circumstances.

ZaSu Says said...

Lacey has a website at LaceyGaines.com it has stories about her youth and many wonderful comforting comments.

It is hard today not knowing who killed her. She was a much loved and very sweet girl. I am concerned for her family including her young son.

Thank you SD for taking the time to remember her.

I keep praying for that act of God in Lacey's case. Keep the Faith…His miracles can sneak up on you sometimes!

Shirley Wells said...

Such a sad story and a very difficult time for Lacey's family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Lacey....I am crying so badly right now. I miss you so much. All of the what if's that wonder through my head....the guilt of the things I could of done and didn't. How wonderful you were to me. I don't understand how anyone could hurt anyone as beautiful as you, yet anyone at all. Of all the things including your life that was robbed from you justice shouldn't be one of them. I will continue to remember you and miss you and pray for your justice. I love you girl!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh how sad. And she was so young.

Carol Kilgore said...

So sad. She and her little boy look so happy. I hope someone steps forward.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

That is so hard. I can't even imagine . . .

One of my friend's sisters was brutally murdered. It's been almost ten years and he still has a hard time with it :(

Anonymous said...

Cold No More Blog Post in Lacey's own words What I Need Most, Someone to Not Let Me Give Up: Lacey Gaines

Norm Holliston is looking for friends who will talk to him.

Christina Lee said...

That just brought me chills and heartache. :-(((((

terri said...

There is just too much tragedy like this in the world. Somehow, we seem to just accept it most of the time, but it feels heavier during the holidays when we are more focused on the blessings of family and friends.

Matthew MacNish said...

So sad.

Little Ms. Fun said...

Omg, that's awful! Yes, sending prayers her families way. That poor child...

StrongNHim said...

Prayers going up for this family. Breaks my heart that someone took this boys mother too early!

Rhiannon said...

Oh goodness, my heart aches for this family. May they find comfort in their happy memories to get through this all...

Hilary said...

Another heartbreaker.

BobKat said...

It doesn't matter to me that statistically these tragedies are considered rare. How they determine that I haven't yet digested, but they are. Despite that, They shouldn't happen at all... and are all too common as far as I'm concerned. Starting to really get to me, and especially, how prevention and solving cases like this has been given the back seat, as our country militarizes to find drug use. It's true - over Thanksgiving the Senate Armed Services committee, voted to approve a bill allocating money and presidential power to use the military on American soil to fight crime.

While Americans die needlessly, our country is gearing up to escalate the drug war in Mexico, and bring it here.

My point as always... our priorities as a Nation are being misdirected. Look at how many GOP hopefuls believe "water-boarding" is not torture.

What is torture is the way our society is ignoring a very serious problem, not related to drugs, but rather, poverty, alienation, loss of the middle class, over-crowded prisons and thinly stretched justice systems, an epidemic of child sex abuse - and no where near the effort to stop it as there is to stop drug users.

This is very tragic; Lacey Gaines murder. But what is more tragic is how we as a society do not have a solution, and how we are led to believe these cases are uncommon enough that they can be ignored.

Anonymous said...

RIP Lacey...We love and miss you so much..You are forever in our hearts and minds. We pray every day for Justice....

jodeeluna said...

I cannot imagine the horror of this. Thank you for reminding me that others have suffered greatly and we should remember these families in our prayers.

Maxi said...

Unrequited love may be behind this crime.

Heartfelt prayers and blessings to the Gaines family.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

so sad. I can't even imagine how the lives of her family changed forever

Dawn said...

SO tragic.
Thinking of those not with us today for many reasons. Good reminder to us all.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I heartedly agree.
An extremely tragic story, but one that needs to be in our minds and hearts for her family and friends.

We all (at some time) wind up losing people in our lives, and it IS a profound feeling we have when people we knew and loved can no longer share our lives with us.

That doesn't make us selfish...wanting them back.

If anything, our thoughts of them make us SELFLESS.

Good post and comments.

Stay safe out there.

Brian Miller said...

a grisly scene but a great close to remember those missing people...that makes for very hard times...

ladyfi said...

Oh no - how awful. Her poor poor son!

Lydia Kang said...

How awful and sad.

JJ.in.Phila said...

A very sad story. :(

fayezie.com said...

:(

ZaSu Says said...

Lacey Gaine’s Friend Speaks Out: Everyone Loved Her by Holliston Dec 10, 2011

Anonymous said...

National Domestic Violence Registry Executive Director: Lacey Reached Out To Me by Myra Spearman

ZaSu Says said...

What Did Lacey Gaines’ Former Boss Know? by Holliston at Cold No More

ZaSu Says said...
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ZaSu Says said...

Mystery Letter: Justice Police will Never Find Lacey Gaines Killer

ZaSu Says said...

What Does Juan Know? Lacey Gaines Boyfriend Still Quiet After 2 Years by holliston2012 | December 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

ZaSu Says said...

Happy New Years! Would you mind writing a letter or just making a call and leaving a comment (it's easy) - 2 yrs is too long for an investigation to say they know who murdered Lacey and are letting a murderer go free. Why won't they ask for help in catching the killer?

Lacey Gaines deserves justice!

ZaSu Says said...

New post on Cold No More

Phil January Interview with PI (Part 8 of many)
by holliston2012
Now to Part 8 of the interview Phil January gave to a Private Investigator back in April 2003. His wife Nikki had been dead for 10 months, ruled a suicide by the Pass Christian, Mississippi police and Harrison County coroner. For more details, refer to this posting that chronicles everything from Nikki’s early life to her death. [...]

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Lacey Gaines said...

This is an all day event as it is virtual, but I am asking that everyone please be sure to light your virtual candles and have this special day to help support Lacey's friends and family.

To light your virtual candle login to: click link


The wax on the candle lasts for 48 hours so come check back and see the progress of your candle

Lacey Gaines said...

Police Chief fired in Chicago suburb of Justice - the man in charge of the brutal murder of Lacey Gaines.

JUSTICE, Ill. (AP) -- A suburban Chicago police chief has been fired over allegations he failed to properly discipline an officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a patrol car.

Robert Gedville's dismissal is also linked to a consulting arrangement he had with a red-light camera vendor.
Justice police chief fired Village Board terminates Gedville after 3-month investigation of alleged misconduct

Lacey Gaines said...

There are numerous emails from many professionals offering help. Police are not being honest. From Feb 2012

Click Link

Anonymous said...

The official page for the iconic television series Unsolved Mysteries.which profiles real crimes and mysteries, and was hostedoriginally by Robert Stack and then by Dennis Farina.
Do you know who killed Lacey Gaines?