SPARTANBURG CO., S.C. (WSPA) – This Sunday marks the 13th anniversary of one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in the Upstate.
The incident where four people died at a motor sports business in Chesnee is better known as the “Superbike murders.”
Today, families of unsolved crime victims throughout Spartanburg County came together to call for change.
But they are also celebrating what would be a new light in this cold case.
The families stood together, carrying silhouettes of murder victims whose crimes were never solved.
“Everyone you see here is a voice,” BeLinda Thompson said, who was speaking for murder victim, Crystal Lynn Freeman.
One family after another spoke of the frustration of unsolved cases from a year ago to 40 years ago.
“He can’t rest until somebody is held accountable for his murder,” Donna Tracy said about Markeith Tracy, who was murdered in 2015.
“I’ll never give up on my sister,” Omelia Harris said about the 40-year-old cold case involving Wanda Jolley.
For the parents of Brian Lucas who was killed along with three others at Superbike Motor Sports in 2003, there is some renewed hope that the case is warming up.
“This is the first time in 13 years that I have been able to tell you that I have a little bit of hope,” Brian’s dad, Tom Lucas, said.
Terry Guy, who lost his wife and step-son agreed with Lucas.
“I’ve never felt this way before,” Guy said.
He said that things have changed.
The families say there are no new leads in the case, but there is new leadership, with a stronger involvement from SLED, working with the sheriff’s office.
“Not only are they working together, but they are actually following and investigating tips that maybe were not being investigated prior to,” Brian’s mom, Lorraine Lucas, said.
And recently, these families have also begun working together, seeking out leads and offering support they say they lack at the county level.
The families are calling on the sheriff’s office to adopt a plan like the cold case guideline from the National Sheriff’s Association. It provides a detailed methodology and checklist of not only how to better investigate cold cases, but also how to communicate with families.
“I would recommend with all my heart that Sheriff Wright would look at that and say we need to change the way we’re handling unsolved homicides in Spartanburg, and realize the number is really high,” Tom Lucas said.
That number is 54 right now, according to the sheriff’s website.
And the families argue that that’s much higher than most counties of comparable size, throughout the nation.
Families are also hoping that the sheriff’s office will be open to outside help.
In a statement, the sheriff said, “We have had this case profiled by the FBI, SLED, and the Brown lady that the Lucas family asked us to allow to profile it. We have and are working hard to solve this case.”