Vigil to be held today in remembrance of Mya Lyons

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A prayer vigil today at 6 p.m. on South Gilbert Court will be held for the second anniversary of Mya Lyons’ murder, which remains unsolved.

A prayer vigil today at 6 p.m. on South Gilbert Court will be held for the second anniversary of Mya Lyons’ murder, which remains unsolved. Nine-year-old Mya, who had been visiting her father, Richard Lyons, for the summer, was fatally stabbed in the neck and abdomen. He found her lying in an alley about a half block from his home in the 8400 block of South Gilbert Court. Within days of the girl’s death, the father, other relatives and a neighbor submitted DNA samples to law enforcement authorities. Nearly one week after her death, police questioned a “person of interest,” but later ruled the man out as a suspect, police said. Two days after Mya’s funeral, a knife was found near where she was found. A cleaning crew discovered a kitchen-style knife with a six-inch blade that appeared to have blood on it. Ericka Barnes, Mya’s mother, has held many vigils near the girl’s body was found and released pin and white balloons in honor of her only daughter. She and her family went door-to-door in November 2008 on Gilbert Court asking neighbors what they remembered about the hours leading up to when Mya’s body was found. “The investigation is still ongoing,” Chicago Police spokesman Roderick Drew told the Defender. Nearly a month after her death, the father took a lie-detector test, police seized the van he used to drive the girl to the emergency room and searched his home. The search came up empty. Lyons hired an attorney shortly after the search, saying it appeared the police pointed their investigation toward him based on “accusatory remarks” said to him by police during the search. He has not been named a “person of interest” or suspect in the case, police said. In July 2009, the father filed a lawsuit against Metra alleging the transit rail company failed to properly maintain the area where Mya’s body was found. The end of the poorly lit alley where she was found had overgrown weeds near the tracks and in a vacant lot. Anyone with information about the girl’s murder is urged to call Area 2 detectives at 312-747-8272. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender. Photo: Courtesy

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