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Kansas Street cold case continues to stump police

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(WMC-TV) – More than six years later, Memphis police are still searching for clues in a triple murder that has stumped investigators.

It happened on March 8, 2005, inside a small home in Kansas Street. Peggy Ward's son, 30-year-old Marquel Forester, was one of victim's gunned down that day. It was his home on Kansas.

Forester's long-time friend, 33-year-old Jack Sledge, was there too, as well as 24-year-old Natasha Russell.

"All I know is somebody is walking around knowing that they killed three people, and how can they live with themselves?  So somebody knows something," Ward said in a recent interview.

Sgt. Bill Ashton of the Memphis Police Department said a witness heard Russell screaming for help.

"She was covered in blood, and said to the person that heard her, there were two people murdered inside the house and then she collapsed on the porch," Ashton said.

Russell died, but she was able to tell police two people – both black men - carried out the crime. She even gave vague descriptions.

Investigators think the shooters got away by going out the back door, and that the victims probably knew their killers.

"The iron door on the outside automatically locks when you come out," Ashton said. "It makes you think whoever came to the house, they knocked on the door, they recognized them, let them in the house, and things went bad from there."

Peggy Ward knows how bad things went. She identified her son's body at the crime scene.

"I have some good days and I have some bad days, you know, but I think about the good times that I had with him, how he was so funny, and what he would say to you would make you laugh," she said.

Ward leaves the light on over her stove. She's kept it burning for six years, hoping her son's killers will be caught. Investigators are following every lead, including a tip that went back to notorious drug king pin, Craig Pettis.

"All I can say to that is that during the investigation, his name was mentioned," Ashton said.

Peggy Ward said her son never took her advice about his friends, but added that Marquel worked every day, loved his five children, and would have loved his grandchild if he had lived to see her.

"I would ask them why did they take my son away from all his kids and from me," she said.

Your tip could be the one that helps this grieving mother, and the families of the other two victims. If you have ANY information, even something you didn't think was important in 2005, it could crack the case now. Call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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