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Jackson families rally to raise awareness of 'forgotten' victims

Remembering the lost
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Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 07:19:53-05

JACKSON, Mich. — Tanova Ross went missing one year ago. She was last seen leaving America's Best Inn in Jackson on Feb. 2, 2020. Police don't have any answers.

On Tuesday night, her family gathered with others who have lost loved ones to push for answers.

“Well, tonight we’re going to have a vigil for my daughter who has been missing since Feb. 2 of last year," said Tanova Ross' father Lennie Ross. "This is very hard. You can’t get any answers. People are missing.”

Tanova Ross

They're hoping a public display will raise awareness of what they see as disregard for the victims and give a voice to families who have been affected by crime.

“We’re standing here looking for answers pretty much," said Tanova Ross' sister Tamara Sherlin. "We’re not receiving any answers from the Blackman Township police and we’re just kind of gathering around other families that have lost their loved ones.”

Families like the Kasprzyckis. Fourteen-year-old Cameron Blake Kasprzycki was shot and killed near his driveway on Feb. 21. His dad found him with a bullet wound to his chest. The killer or killers haven't been caught.

“We have been in the dark completely," said Cameron's father, Philip Kasprzycki. "We have no answers. Not one, whatsoever. And it’ll be coming a year here very soon. It’s just hard. Very hard. To go through...no support. The mayor was there for the benefit for a half hour. Haven’t heard from him since. We hear very little from the detectives unless we call them we don’t hear nothing.”

The grieving families came together to ask the justice system to bring them closure.

“So many has been lost and murdered and it’s just swept under the rug and the day goes on and it’s never mentioned again. We can’t stand it. We have a problem. And we’re looking back at the justice system and the police departments to solve this, so we need answers," said Sherlin.

And they say their frustration is mounting.

“We love you Cameron," said sister Mackenzie Kasprzycki. "Justice for Tanova. Justice for Cameron. And justice for anybody else that is seeking it.”

Jackson Police Department and the Blackman Township Department of Public Safety did not respond to requests for comment on the cases.

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