Video posted to find woman's killer

The victim's mother, Londa (left), and sister, Tyesha, talk about Rasheeda Pegues on the video.
The victim's mother, Londa (left), and sister, Tyesha, talk about Rasheeda Pegues on the video.
Posted: April 24, 2013

Investigator Lance Saunders of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office appears in a video pointing to the Ferry Avenue parking lot where Rasheeda Pegues was found shot to death in December.

The killer hasn't been found.

Saunders is driving an unmarked cruiser in a three-minute TV news-style video released Monday. The video is a new technique authorities are using to try to generate information about the Dec. 16 slaying.

That night, shortly after 11, Pegues, 25, opened the door to her apartment in the 2000 block of Ferry and was shot multiple times. She ran from her home and collapsed in the parking lot, where she died, Saunders says on the video before a series of crime scene photos are displayed and several pictures of the victim appear and fade.

"It's a way of showing the family that they haven't been forgotten," said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, who narrates the video.

"A lot of people have smart phones, and a lot of people have the Internet," Laughlin said. "It's a really good way to get the word out."

This is the third such video of its kind, Laughlin said. It's similar to a segment that would air on the news, but the prosecutor's office wanted to create something that could be posted on its website and remain available for viewing at any time, he said.

Authorities do not have a motive in the Pegues case.

In the video, relatives recall the victim.

"She was just a pleasant young lady trying to do what was right in life," says her mother, Londa, describing her daughter a "just a baby," adding, "She was just starting to get out there in life and do things and blossom; she had a future."

Saunders says neighbors told police Rasheeda was hardworking, dedicated to her job, and never caused problems.

"All her neighbors loved her," Saunders says.

Pegues' sister, Tyesha, asks, "What was it that she did so wrong to this person, or these people, that she deserved to have her life taken from her . . . what was it that they wanted? And whatever it was that they wanted, did they get it?"

The video is posted on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_q94LdaBls.

There is a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information may contact Saunders at 856-225-8513, or Camden Police Detective Billy Frampton at 856-757-7420.

To provide information anonymously, tipsters may call Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-8477, which will administer the reward money. Or, information may be e-mailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.


Contact Barbara Boyer at 856-779-3838, bboyer@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @BBBoyer.

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