7 comments on “Phylicia Barnes family: “Deeply concerned” about slow developments in case

  1. Hi PJ,
    I am the writer of the petition from which you quoted those lines in the above blog. I’m not a Barnes family member, just someone born and raised in Baltimore who was saddened to see such a promising light extinguished from society when Phylicia Barnes was so senselessly murdered in December 2010.

    Following her case from the beginning, I reached out to Phylicia’s family after hearing their interview on blog-talk radio within days of her disappearance. I directed them to MD agencies and missing persons groups that would provide emotional support for her family, as well as assist them with searches and flyer distribution so they wouldn’t feel like they were going through the nightmare all alone. After months of what seemed like no activity from Baltimore police, despite exploding social media and buzz talk on the street regarding rumors and speculation on her case, I wrote an online petition. The petition simply asked police for a case status update in order to satisfy her family and the general public, which was extremely upset that a child killer was still walking free. Within weeks, the petition made its way around the world, gathering signatures from as far away as Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia, which the media picked up on, mentioning it several times in the press. At last count, it held over 1500 names.

    From January to April 2012, while continuing to gather signatures and case support through social media, myself, as well as the Barnes family and many, many others throughout Maryland banded together calling on public officials and politicians to pledge support for Phylicia’s Law; a bill which largely aims to maximize coordination between law enforcement and community groups when a child disappears. In addition, the bill requires state officials to immediately conduct searches within the first crucial hours, to raise the age of action up to 17 years-old, to post the child’s details online, and publish annual statistics of Maryland missing children. In April 2012, this bill sailed through the House and Senate and was signed into law by Govenor O’Malley in the spring of 2012.

    With a suspect now in custody, the citizens of Maryland now look forward to the January 2013 trial against Phylicia’s alleged killer and pray for JUSTICE in her murder.

    Tracey Reitterer
    Maryland resident

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  2. Phylicia’s family and friends, the Maryland State police, delegate Jill Carter, all the other wonderful representatives, advocates and supporters who took part in Phylicia’s Law should be applauded for their commitment to change and the better protection of children within the state of Maryland. Let’s hope & pray that in time, it becomes a model law for every city across the United States.

  3. Tracey, we are still staying focused on January or whenever they may begin this trial.Our faith has been tested but we are still staying focused on our love ones murder. I want to thank all those who took part in keeping Phylicia’s name and memory out there in a positive light.Truly she meant the world to her family and friends. I just cannot understand why people murder or even why do they murder helpless and innocent children. Laws have to be changed in this country for children killers !! Life in prison is not good enough in my book . As I said in the beginning in Baltimore in front of that apt . you really messed with the wrong family when you killed Phylicia J4PSB !!

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