It's the belief that someone knows something that keeps the daughters of a murdered Dundalk woman hopeful about finally finding her killer 24 years later.
Teresa Schmansky's daughters were all smiles thinking and talking about their mom. (See video)
They gathered with family and friends Wednesday evening to remember the life that was stolen from them and hopefully to spark some new interest in the case.
Danielle and Shannon Schmansky have gone almost their whole lives not knowing what happened to their mother.
Danielle says, "We just have so much doubt with people that we love thinking they might be the one who did it. ... I grew up here. So I've lived here for 25 years not knowing if I'm going to 7-11 with the guy who killed my mom."
Danielle was just a baby when her mother was killed. Shannon was 5 years old and a third sister was 9.
Even so, Shannon remembers her mom well. She says, "She was just a very caring, loving person."
"We don't just want to cry about Teresa, we want to love her and honor her for her memories," says Danielle.
That is the reason they gathered at Squire's, the restaurant where Teresa waited tables. It is right across the street from the apartment where she was found dead on September 23, 1989.
The fight for justice has not been an easy one.
Shannon tells ABC2, "I've given up hope plenty of times as I'm sure most people in our family have at some point or another, but I think the balance comes in just not having the justice and there's just something morally not right about that."
Danielle adds, "Knowing in my heart that if you just give up and stay silent so somebody else can be comfortable, it's not right."
As they hold on tight to memories of their mother, they are also keep faith that this new attention they are bringing to the case and their mother's life will finally compel someone to come forward.
Shannon says, "I just hope that someone is brave enough to come forward and tell the truth."
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Homicide Unit's Unsolved Case Squad at 410-887-3943 or Communications Team at 410-307-2020.
Callers can remain anonymous and can also contact Metro Crime Stoppers
at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
You also have the option of sending a text message to Metro Crime Stoppers. Send it to "CRIMES" (274637), then enter the message starting with "MCS."
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